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An insider's perspective on the 2021 Alaska legislature

| Mar 16, 2021 | Alaska

The Alaska legislative session has finally started in both chambers, legislation has started to move from committees and even from the house of origin. But this session is different from other sessions due to COVID-19 restrictions in the capitol building. So State of Reform decided to get a perspective from...[ Read More ]

State of Alaska to receive a desk review by federal government of use of CARES Act funds

| Mar 5, 2021 | Alaska

According to a memorandum sent to the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee on March 3rd,  the U.S. Department of Treasury Office of the Inspector General has selected Alaska for a desk review. This desk review will cover the state’s use of the Coronavirus Relief Fund. The department selected Alaska due...[ Read More ]

Alaska primaries to watch on August 18

Emily Boerger | Aug 17, 2020 | Alaska

Two statewide offices, 11 Senate seats, and all 40 House seats are on the ballot for Alaska’s August 18th primary. With that in mind, here’s a rundown of races we’ll be watching, particularly among those featuring incumbents who have a hand in shaping Alaska’s health policy. Four of the five...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: 5 Slides, Economic impacts of COVID, Dr. Jeanene Smith

| May 21, 2020 | Alaska

It's good news that Alaska's economy is re-opening. But, when will things actually return to normal? Cruises and tourism will likely miss a season. Oil prices remain low. Seafood processors won't be able to staff up (below). If you go out in a mask now, you're probably going to keep...[ Read More ]

AK: Consolidating School Benefits "Still On Front Burner"

| Apr 17, 2014 | Alaska

Senate Bill 90, which aims to reduce the cost of health insurance for employees of Alaska's school districts by moving the purchasing of those benefits to the state, will not pass the legislature by the end of this year’s session, according to legislative staff. Under the bill sponsored by Sen....[ Read More ]

Countdown for Obamacare enrollment | Medicaid reform | Holt joins APS

DJ Wilson | Mar 21, 2014

The purpose of "5 Things We're Watching" is to provide a snapshot of things we think are important for senior health care leaders to be aware of. Currently, we're watching the final "March Madness" push to enroll people in coverage through the insurance marketplaces.  Efforts appear to be strong in...[ Read More ]