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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.

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

Advance Directives

Talking about death is never easy. But it’s especially difficult in a hospital when a loved one is incapacitated and family members are trying to guess their wishes. Two healthcare workers in Anchorage want to convince Alaskans to have that conversation before a crisis and record their choices in an advance directive.

APRN: Tuesday, June 9 at 10:00am

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June 5, 2015
On A Mission: Educating Alaskans About Advance Directives

On A Mission: Educating Alaskans About Advance Directives

Talking about death is never easy. But it’s especially difficult in a hospital when a loved one is incapacitated and family members are trying to guess their wishes. Two healthcare workers in Anchorage want to convince Alaskans to have that conversation before a crisis and record their choices in an advance directive.

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June 3, 2015

Walker Hires Mediator to Help Lawmakers Pass A Budget

Governor Bill Walker has hired a mediator to help lawmakers reach a deal on the budget.

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June 1, 2015

Premera Alaska Files For Another Large Rate Increase

Premera Alaska is asking the federal government to approve an average rate increase of 39 percent for its Affordable Care Act health insurance plans in the state for 2016. That follows a 37 percent increase the federal government approved for 2015.

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June 1, 2015
All Aboard the Gravy Train: ‘The Magpie’ Serves Up The Goods In Anchorage

All Aboard the Gravy Train: ‘The Magpie’ Serves Up The Goods In Anchorage

An Anchorage chef has a new food truck called The Magpie that serves breakfast and lunch with as many local ingredients as possible.

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May 28, 2015

State Takes Control of Nursing Facility, Citing Repeated Violations

It’s been a week since the State of Alaska took the rare step of assuming control of Prestige Nursing home in Anchorage. State inspectors found dozens of violations during a visit to the facility. And the state says the nursing home had plenty of prior warning that it needed to improve.

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May 22, 2015

House Finance Committee Blocks Medicaid Expansion Bill

House Finance Committee Chair Steve Thompson says the committee will not advance the Governor’s Medicaid expansion bill.

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May 14, 2015