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Sen. Shelley Hughes provides a post-breast surgery report

DJ Wilson | Sep 18, 2017 | Alaska

Sen. Shelley Hughes was diagnosed with breast cancer over the summer.  Last week, she went through a double mastectomy operation. This week, she was already back into advocacy form.  She posted the following video first to her personal page, but then re-posted it to her public Facebook site. We've known...[ Read More ]

Podcast: State Representative Geran Tarr on Alaska Politics

| Sep 8, 2017 | Alaska

"To hell with politics, just do what's right for Alaska," was US Senator Ted Stevens motto. With an Independent governor, a Democratic lieutenant governor,  a coalition majority caucus in the House, and a Republican majority caucus in the Senate, Alaska state government appears to have embraced Senator Stevens' motto. We...[ Read More ]

Letter: Health Care Authority Feasibility Study

| Sep 7, 2017 | Alaska

View the original letter here. Dear Senator Kelly and Speaker Edgmon; As you know, Alaska suffers from among the highest health care costs in the country. As a result of the burden this places on the state budget as well as the overall economy, Senate Bill 74 (2016) directs the...[ Read More ]

Medicaid redesign update: telehealth and quality/cost targets workgroups submit reports

| Sep 6, 2017 | Alaska

Recently the Department of Health and Social Services received final reports from two stakeholder workgroups authorized through Senate Bill 74 (SB74), which passed the Legislature in 2016 to redesign the Medicaid program.  The first of these reports focuses on recommendations to reduce barriers to the expansion of telehealth strategies. The...[ Read More ]

Governor Walker joins bipartisan call to work on healthcare

| Aug 31, 2017 | Alaska

Governor Bill Walker today joined a bipartisan group of U.S. Governors calling for immediate steps to be taken to make healthcare coverage more stable and affordable. The letter to Congressional leadership was signed by eight governors from both sides of the aisle. Governor Walker issued a statement: Alaskans face the...[ Read More ]

$625,000 awarded by Mat-Su Health Foundation

| Aug 29, 2017 | Alaska

The Mat-Su Health Foundation recently awarded grants totaling $625,000 to five organizations working to improve the health and wellness of the community. Selected for grants were Chickaloon Village Traditional Council, Covenant House Alaska, Kids Kupboard, Native Village of Eklutna, and Valley Interfaith Alliance. The following grant awards were made under...[ Read More ]