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Laura Lundberg | Aug 12, 2019 | Alaska

Anchorage raises minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21

Emily Boerger | Jul 24, 2019 | Alaska

On Tuesday, the Anchorage Assembly voted to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21. The ordinance, which passed unanimously, will also apply to “electronic smoking products and products containing nicotine in the regulation of tobacco products.” According to the ordinance, health care costs directly caused by smoking...[ Read More ]

Comprehensive Mental Health Plan for Alaska Finalized

| Jul 18, 2019 | Alaska

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), in partnership with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (Trust), has finalized Strengthening the System: Alaska’s Comprehensive Integrated Mental Health Program Plan. This five-year plan assists with guiding resources to the services, workforce and facilities necessary to meet the needs of...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Rep. Ivy Spohnholz, Veto overrides, Julie Sande

Emily Boerger | Jul 10, 2019 | Alaska

DJ is taking a well-deserved vacation, so I’m bringing you this edition of 5 Things We’re Watching. I’m the senior reporter here at State of Reform, where I’m usually covering health care in Alaska and a number of other states. Feel free to email me any feedback or tips on what you...[ Read More ]

Gov. Dunleavy's vetoes to health care funding

Emily Boerger | Jul 9, 2019 | Alaska

At the end of June, Gov. Dunleavy signed the state operating and mental health budgets and announced over $400 million in line item vetoes. After his announcement, the Alaska Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education released the following list of vetoes that could impact Trust beneficiaries -- Alaskans with mental...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Julie Sande, Ketchikan Pioneer Home

Laura Lundberg | Jul 9, 2019 | Alaska

Julie Sande is the Administrator at Ketchikan Pioneer Home. She joins us in this edition of "What They're Watching" to discuss retaining rural workforce and quality of care.     "One area that we're really struggling with at the pioneer homes is recruitment and retention. So, as we struggle to...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Rep. Ivy Spohnholz on veto overrides and Alaska's second special session

Emily Boerger | Jul 8, 2019 | Alaska

Representative Ivy Spohnholz represents Alaska’s 16th House District and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the House Health & Social Services Committee. Rep. Spohnholz is also a member of both the House Legislative Budget & Audit Committee and the Health & Social Services Finance Subcommittee. We caught up with Rep....[ Read More ]

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