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House health care bills we're watching in Alaska

Emily Boerger | Feb 21, 2019 | Alaska

Commissioner assumes management of Alaska Psychiatric Institute

| Feb 11, 2019 | Alaska

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum has invoked his authority under state law to immediately assume management of Alaska Psychiatric Institute (API). The decision was made in response to the considerable problems that continue to put patients and staff in jeopardy at API and in light...[ Read More ]

Four reasons why Alaska bucked the national midterm turnout trend

DJ Wilson | Dec 26, 2018 | Alaska

Bucking the national trend of an increase in turnout in the 2018 midterms, Alaska came in dead last among all 50 states for the net increase in turnout in 2018 over 2014.  It was one of only two states that actually had a net decline in voter turnout when comparing...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Sen. Giessel, Dunleavy budget, ACA ruling

| Dec 19, 2018 | Alaska

This month, we complete our 7th year of bringing you this newsletter on Alaska health policy and health care.  To the 6,500 of you on our Alaska list, it's been an honor to have you read our stuff.  Thanks for helping us build a new model for health care journalism...[ Read More ]

Alaska’s post-earthquake blanket waivers

Sara Gentzler | Dec 17, 2018 | Alaska

As Alaska recovers from the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck on November 30, the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare services (CMS) announced several blanket waivers to help providers in the state continue to care for patients. On the day of the quake, President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration for...[ Read More ]

What They’re Watching: Senator Cathy Giessel

Emily Boerger | Dec 17, 2018 | Alaska

Senator Cathy Giessel is a member of the Senate Health and Social Services Committee in the Alaska State Legislature. Giessel was also recently elected Senate President. She joins us in this edition of What They're Watching to discuss controlling healthcare costs. “The big thing that I am watching is the...[ Read More ]

Alaska ranks 32nd in comprehensive national health rankings report

Emily Boerger | Dec 17, 2018 | Alaska

America’s Health Rankings recently released their 2018 Annual Report, breaking down the state of the nation’s health on a state-by-state basis. The report evaluates health measurements that cover determinants of health such as behaviors, policy, community and environment, and clinical care, while also evaluating health outcomes to determine the overall...[ Read More ]