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President Obama arrives in Alaska to give closing remarks at the GLACIER Conference in Anchorage.

Obama met by Alaska dignitaries upon arrival at JBER

President Obama is expected to take the stage at the GLACIER conference after landing at JBER in Anchorage about 1:30 this afternoon and greeted a few hundred Alaskans waiting for him on the JBER runway, including Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and Senator Dan Sullivan.

August 31, 2015

Judge denies injunction; Medicaid to roll out Sept. 1

An Anchorage Superior Court Judge ruled Friday afternoon that Medicaid expansion can go forward in Alaska as planned next week. Judge Frank Pfiffner denied the Alaska Legislative Council’s request for a temporary restraining order to stop the program. The council is appealing the decision to the state Supreme Court.

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August 28, 2015
Judge hears arguments in anti-Medicaid lawsuit; Plaintiff attorney joins by Skype

Judge hears arguments in anti-Medicaid lawsuit; Plaintiff attorney joins by Skype

Superior court judge Frank Pfiffner heard oral arguments this afternoon in Anchorage in the Legislative Council’s case against Gov. Bill Walker to stop Medicaid expansion. The Council filed suit Monday to stop the program from going forward as planned next week, saying the governor doesn’t have the authority to expand Medicaid on his own.

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August 27, 2015

Anchorage law firm intervenes on behalf of state in anti-Medicaid lawsuit

An Anchorage law firm is helping the state fight the Legislative Council’s lawsuit aimed at stopping Medicaid expansion.

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August 25, 2015
Climate Change in the Far North

Climate Change in the Far North

President Obama will be in Alaska soon, and he says climate change is the reason for the visit. On the next Talk of Alaska, scientists who’ve studied warming in Alaska for decades join us on the program to offer perspective from the front lines.

APRN: Tuesday, August 25, at 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
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August 21, 2015

To stand a fighting chance, anti-Medicaid lawsuit needs to prove irreparable harm

Medicaid expansion is set to roll out in Alaska September 1st. It would offer health coverage to up to 40,000 very low-income adults who don’t have children. The lawmakers suing to stop expansion will ask a judge for a preliminary injunction. That would prohibit the state from implementing the program before the issue is decided in court. Both sides of the lawsuit have specific points they need to prove to win the case.

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August 20, 2015
Legislative panel votes to spend $450K to stop Medicaid expansion in court

Legislative panel votes to spend $450K to stop Medicaid expansion in court

A legislative panel has voted to sue Gov. Bill Walker to stop Medicaid expansion. The Legislative Council made the announcement after a closed door meeting in Anchorage on Tuesday morning.

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August 18, 2015
Ginny Shaffer is the Parent Navigator in the NICU at The Children's Hospital at Providence in Anchorage.

Former NICU Parent Helps Other Families Navigate A Stressful Time

Most people working in a Newborn Intensive Care Unit have some type of advanced medical degree. But one employee at The Children’s Hospital at Providence in Anchorage has a very different set of qualifications. Ginny Shaffer spent more than three months in the NICU as a parent, with her daughter who was born at 23 weeks. Now she helps other parents through one of the most stressful times of their lives as a Parent Navigator.

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August 3, 2015
State Raises Concerns Over Costs As Anchorage Hospitals Vie For More ER Beds

State Raises Concerns Over Costs As Anchorage Hospitals Vie For More ER Beds

State Health Commissioner Valerie Davidson is granting Providence Hospital in Anchorage permission to build eight new emergency room beds. The decision also denies Alaska Regional’s plan to build the first freestanding emergency rooms in the state. The commissioner hopes the decision will help discourage inappropriate use of an expensive healthcare option.

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July 15, 2015

State Sides With Providence In Competition To Build New ER Beds

State Health Commissioner Valerie Davidson is granting Providence Hospital in Anchorage permission to build eight new emergency room beds. That’s fewer than the hospital was hoping for. Providence submitted plans to build 14 new rooms, 10 that would have focused on pediatric patients.

July 14, 2015
Report: Alaska Heroin Use is Skyrocketing

Report: Alaska Heroin Use is Skyrocketing

A new report from the state health department shows a dramatic rise in heroin use in Alaska. The number of hospitalizations for heroin related causes nearly doubled in the state from 2008 to 2012.

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July 14, 2015
Mt. Marathon Attracts A Deep Field of Competitors This Year

Mt. Marathon Attracts A Deep Field of Competitors This Year

This weekend marked a new era for the Mount Marathon race in Seward. Foreigners dominated Alaska’s favorite mountain run Saturday. And the top Alaskans say they are happy for the new level of competition.

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July 6, 2015

Senator Calls On Governor To Expand Medicaid

A prominent Democrat in the state Senate is calling on Governor Bill Walker to expand Medicaid in Alaska without approval from the legislature. Anchorage Senator Bill Wielechowski says now that the Supreme Court has upheld insurance subsidies in Alaska there is no reason not to expand Medicaid.

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June 26, 2015

State Applauds Supreme Court Ruling On Subsidies

More than 16,000 Alaskans will keep their health insurance subsidies under a ruling issued Thursday by the United States Supreme Court. The Court ruled 6 to 3 in favor of the argument that the Affordable Care Act allows residents in states like Alaska to access federal subsidies on healthcare.gov.

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June 25, 2015
Photo by USGS.

5.8-Magnitude Quake Rattles Mainland Alaska

The earthquake was centered 64 miles west of Willow. Alaskans from a large section of the state — from Seward, Fairbanks, Denali and the Mat Su Valley reported the shaking.

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June 24, 2015

Fire Threatens Tanana; Voluntary Evacuations Underway

A 25,000-acre fire burning near the interior village of Tanana has prompted voluntary evacuations in that community for elders and people sensitive to smoke.

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June 23, 2015

49 Voices: Adine Fullerton of Willow

This week, we’re hearing from (A- dean) Adine Fullerton, a Willow resident who evacuated her home on Monday because of the Sockeye fire. Adine left with three kids, five dogs, two cats, a hamster. She had to leave three tarantulas behind. When we talked to her she had just discovered her home was spared, along with the spiders. Adine Fullerton evacuated from her home in Willow because of the Sockeye fire.

June 19, 2015
Holly Brooks hugs fellow competitor Charlotte Edmondson before the 2014 Mount Marathon race. (Photo by Alexandra Guitierrez, APRN - Seward)

Running Alaska’s Mount Marathon Race

The Mount Marathon race in Seward is the Super Bowl of Alaskan sports. Each July 4th, racers charge up Mount Marathon – a climb of more than 3,000 feet, and then descend in a matter of minutes in a burst of speed that can look like a controlled fall. A new documentary tells the story of the race through the perspective of several Mount Marathon legends.

APRN: Tuesday, 6/23 at 10:00am

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June 19, 2015

ACA Subsidies For Alaskans May Be In Jeopardy

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide by the end of this month whether Affordable Care Actsubsidies are legal in Alaska and 33 other states that use the federal health insurance exchange.

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June 11, 2015

Lawyers Say Walker Can Act On Medicaid Without the Legislature

Governor Bill Walker likely has the authority to expand Medicaid without legislative approval, according to two legal opinions written last month.

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June 10, 2015