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Dispatch from Seattle v4: On working to acceptance of the "new normal"

DJ Wilson | Mar 24, 2020 | Alaska, California, Federal, Hawaii, Oregon

What They're Watching: Rep. Geran Tarr

Emily Boerger | Mar 18, 2020 | Alaska

Dispatch from Seattle v2: On closing schools

DJ Wilson | Mar 17, 2020 | Alaska, California, Federal, Hawaii, Oregon

One of the first impactful things to happen in response to the COVID virus is the closing of schools. It's impacting families, school districts and the transmission of the disease itself. Here in Seattle, America's epicenter of the disease, there have been some notable lessons learned about school closures over...[ Read More ]

Providence discusses lessons learned in tackling COVID-19

Emily Boerger | Mar 11, 2020 | Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington

Dr. Amy Compton-Phillips, Executive Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer at Providence St. Joseph Health, shared the health system’s experience handling the COVID-19 outbreak in Washington State during a HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) webinar on Wednesday morning. Compton-Phillips discussed preparation strategies, technological tools, and lessons learned in...[ Read More ]

Dispatch from Seattle, v1

DJ Wilson | Mar 11, 2020 | Alaska, California, Federal, Hawaii, Oregon

State of Reform now covers health policy in nine states. We host events in 13 markets, and have a significant federal beat we cover, too. That means our team is in a lot of places, and we engage in quite a bit of travel. But, we're actually based in the...[ Read More ]

Alaska Senate passes bill requiring coverage of telehealth services

Emily Boerger | Mar 10, 2020 | Alaska

The Alaska Senate passed a bill on Tuesday aimed at increasing Alaska residents’ access to telehealth services. The bill, HB 29, requires health care insurers that offer plans in the group or individual market to cover telehealth services. The bill also stipulates that the insurer may not require an initial...[ Read More ]

Governor increases novel coronavirus preparedness

| Mar 2, 2020 | Alaska

Today, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy submitted a supplemental budget amendment to fund ten additional temporary positions within the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) preparedness and response. The supplemental budget would provide the Division of Public Health with five new public health nurses, three...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Bills we're watching, Budget update, Anna Brawley

| Feb 24, 2020 | Alaska

It was 10 years ago this fall that we hosted our first State of Reform event in Anchorage. It seems like a lifetime ago that we had keynotes from DHSS Commish Bill Streur and HHS Regional Director Susan Johnson. The kind of bi-partisan, policy agnostic convening that State of Reform...[ Read More ]

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