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What's at risk for Alaska health care under Dunleavy's Medicaid budget proposal

Emily Boerger | Mar 14, 2019 | Alaska

In a recent House State Affairs Committee meeting, Becky Hultberg, President & CEO of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Association (ASHNHA), testified on the implications of Gov. Dunleavy’s proposed Medicaid cuts on hospitals in Alaska. Among the potential impacts, Hultberg specifically testified on the rise in uncompensated care and...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: House Health Bills, Sen. David Wilson, Real Talk on Juneau Politics

| Feb 28, 2019 | Alaska

Like our friends in the House, we waited until the last minute to get you February's edition of 5 Things We're Watching in Alaska health care. We'll be back to our regular release of our monthly newsletter in the third week of the month come March, but until then, thanks...[ Read More ]

Sen. Stevens on the complexity of health policy

DJ Wilson | Feb 28, 2019 | Alaska

Being a citizen legislator isn't easy.  You've got to manage your day job, your family and the needs of your constituents. And, once a year or so you have to travel somewhere, often away from home, and get into the weeds on complicated policy questions that you may or may...[ Read More ]

A survey of state-based behavioral health integration with Beacon Health Options

DJ Wilson | Feb 27, 2019 | Alaska, California, Washington

Across the country, states are working in various ways to integrate behavioral health into more traditional medical approaches to caring for physical health.  This is happening both at the financial and clinical levels. However, while mainstream opinion has embraced the idea of behavioral health integration, the manner in which that...[ Read More ]

Health care sector drives job growth in Anchorage

Emily Boerger | Feb 27, 2019 | Alaska

The December issue of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation’s “Anchorage Employment Report” shows job growth in Anchorage’s health care sector, despite Alaska's continued recession. Overall, the report finds a .7 percent YTD decrease in jobs in Anchorage. Anchorage's total employment shrank to 149,900 jobs in November, down from October and...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Senator David Wilson

Emily Boerger | Feb 25, 2019 | Alaska

Senator David Wilson is the Chair of the Senate Health & Social Services Committee in the Alaska State Legislature. He joins us in this edition of “What They're Watching” to discuss substance use and abuse. “One thing [I’m watching] in health care is, I would say, behavioral health -- especially...[ Read More ]

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