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New DHSS report on opioid epidemic in Alaska

Emily Boerger | Aug 8, 2018 | Alaska

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Section of Epidemiology has released a new report on the health impacts of opioid misuse in Alaska. According to the report, from 2010-2017 opioid overdose deaths increased by 77 percent in Alaska. In 2017, there were 108 opioid-related deaths, the highest one...[ Read More ]

Governor Walker signs healthcare omnibus SB 105 into law

| Aug 7, 2018 | Alaska

Governor Walker signed Senate Bill 105 at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s meeting at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage this afternoon. Supporters of the omnibus health bill gathered to watch its sponsors – including Rep. Ivy Spohnholz, Rep. Geran Tarr, and Sen. David Wilson – speak to the bill’s merits,...[ Read More ]

Mat-Su Health Foundation awards more than $1.8 million in grants

| Aug 2, 2018 | Alaska

The Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors recently approved 10 grants totaling $1,890,616 to support a variety of programs and services benefiting Mat-Su residents. “The grants announced today will positively impact health across generations, from our youth to the older Alaskans who contribute so much to the community,” said Mat-Su...[ Read More ]

Price transparency legislation adopted in Alaska

DJ Wilson | Aug 2, 2018 | Alaska

During this year's legislative session, language related to price transparency in health care was adopted in the final stages of the session.  The bill now sits on Gov. Walker's desk awaiting his review and action. SB 105 was a bill first drafted as being related to "the licensure of marital...[ Read More ]

Alaska individual health plan rates to decrease in 2019

| Aug 1, 2018 | Alaska

For the second consecutive year, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska has asked the state for an average rate decrease across individual health plans under the Affordable Care Act, the company announced today. Premera filed with the state’s Division of Insurance for an average rate decrease of 3.9 percent...[ Read More ]

Premera announces $1 million investment in Covenant House Alaska

| Aug 1, 2018 | Alaska

Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, a leading health plan in the state, announced a $1 million grant to Covenant House Alaska (CHA) to provide housing and behavioral health services for homeless youth. The Premera Social Impact grant supports CHA’s Rapid ReHousing program, which will move 30 youth, ages...[ Read More ]