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Adult Enhanced Dental Program for Medicaid recipients reinstated

| Dec 13, 2019 | Alaska

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is reinstating Alaska’s adult preventive dental program (also known as the Adult Enhanced Dental Program) for Medicaid recipients effective Dec. 31, 2019. Program services will also be retroactively covered to Oct. 1, 2019, when the program was discontinued as part of an...[ Read More ]

2019 Alaska State of Reform Lunch Keynote: Commissioner Adam Crum

Emily Boerger | Oct 15, 2019 | Alaska

Adam Crum serves as Commissioner of DHSS, the state’s largest agency and one of the most important forces for health reform in Alaska. During our 2019 Alaska State of Reform Health Policy Conference, Crum provided an overview of the work underway at DHSS to improve the health system for Alaskans,...[ Read More ]

Federal regulators: Alaska Psychiatric Institute meets CMS certification requirements

| Aug 5, 2019 | Alaska

Alaska Governor Michael J. Dunleavy and Department of Health and Social Service Commissioner Adam Crum are welcoming news from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) that it has withdrawn its termination action against the Alaska Psychiatric Institute (API) and now considers the facility to be in good standing with...[ Read More ]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: Operating budget, Medicare Trustees Report, Commissioner Adam Crum

| Apr 22, 2019 | Alaska

Our Convening Panel meeting is coming up in May for our 2019 Alaska State of Reform Health Policy Conference. That event is set for October 2, 2019, and will be back at the Dena'ina. So, if you have topics that you'd like to suggest for consideration on this fall's agenda, let...[ Read More ]

Commissioner Crum fields questions on DHSS budget during confirmation hearing

Emily Boerger | Apr 17, 2019 | Alaska

Over the weekend, the House Health and Social Services Committee held its confirmation hearing for Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Commissioner Designee Adam Crum. During the over two-hour hearing, Representatives questioned Crum on a long list of agency decisions and policy recommendations currently making headlines. One topic that...[ Read More ]