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What They're Watching: Noel Rea

Kylie Walsh | Jul 19, 2017 | Alaska

Alaska Regional Hospital closes new primary care clinic

| Jul 11, 2017 | Alaska

Alaska Regional Hospital has closed its new primary care clinic in Mountain View. While the closure is meant to be temporary, there is no current plan for reopening the clinic. The clinic was opened in December to help drive down the number of unnecessary emergency department visits at Alaska Regional...[ Read More ]

Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services' budget cuts

| Jul 7, 2017 | Alaska

Governor Walker signed the nearly $9 billion operating budget into law last month, $4.9 billion of which is from the unrestricted general fund. The Department of Health and Social Services received approximately $2.7 billion in funding for FY2018. Like the majority of agencies, DHSS faces a small budget cut of...[ Read More ]

Premera Blue Cross partners with community groups to address behavioral health

| Jun 28, 2017 | Alaska, Washington

Premera Blue Cross today announced more than $1 million in grants made to seven non-profit groups in Washington and Alaska. The grants are the inaugural pledges made from Premera's new Social Impact Program, which launched this year to focus on giving to organizations that support behavioral health solutions, particularly in...[ Read More ]

Projections for Alaskan hospitals better than average under AHCA Medicaid changes

| Jun 26, 2017 | Alaska

The Commonwealth Fund released their findings on how the American Health Care Act’s changes to Medicaid will affect hospitals’ finances. They analyzed the bill as passed by the House and did not look at the Senate’s recently released Better Care Reconciliation Act, which appears to have deeper cuts to Medicaid....[ Read More ]

5 Things AK: AHCA, Juneau, Beth Johnson

| Jun 22, 2017 | Alaska

These are "interesting times," indeed. We focus this issue primarily on the AHCA, but we can't overlook Juneau or thoughtful voices working towards innovation and collaboration in Alaska's health care system. It's "What We're Watching" in Alaska health care. 1.  Senate version of the AHCA is out Here are a...[ Read More ]

Governor Walker’s Statement on Senate Health Care Bill

| Jun 22, 2017 | Alaska

Governor Bill Walker released the following statement today on the discussion draft of the Senate Republican health care bill: Alaskans pay the highest health care premiums in the country. In the Lower 48, a medical emergency typically means a $400 ambulance ride. In Alaska, it often means a $50,000 medevac....[ Read More ]