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Annie Feidt, APRN - Anchorage

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Agreement allows Moda to keep selling health insurance in Alaska

The Division of Insurance announced an agreement with insurer Moda Health Monday, that will allow the company to stay on the individual and group markets in Alaska. Download Audio
February 8, 2016
Fate of Medicaid expansion hangs on interpretation of one word

Fate of Medicaid expansion hangs on interpretation of one word

The Legislative Council's case against Medicaid expansion hangs on the interpretation of the word 'required' in Alaska statute. That's a point all parties agreed on during oral arguments Thursday morning in an Anchorage courtroom. Download Audio
February 4, 2016

Court will hear oral arguments on Medicaid expansion

The issue of Medicaid expansion will be back before a Superior Court in Anchorage Thursday morning. The Republican led legislative council sued last summer to stop Governor Bill Walker from unilaterally expanding Medicaid. Download Audio
February 3, 2016

Insurer proposes fix to Alaska’s troubled health insurance market

Premera Alaska is the only individual health insurer left in the state. Moda Health withdrew from the market last week, after Oregon regulators revealed the company was facing "enormous financial losses." Before Moda's announcement, Premera and Moda were working on a plan to stabilize Alaska's individual market. Download Audio
February 2, 2016
State says Moda members should keep paying premiums

State says Moda members should keep paying premiums

The state division of insurance is working to reassure Moda health members today. The health insurer announced yesterday it's pulling out of the individual market in Alaska and Oregon. That's after both states put the company under supervision, citing the company's financial condition. Download Audio
January 29, 2016

Moda exits Alaska’s individual health insurance market

Moda Health says it's pulling out of the individual market in the state. The company is one only two insurers who sell individual health insurance plans in Alaska. Download Audio
January 28, 2016
New subcommittee focusing on Medicaid reform

New subcommittee focusing on Medicaid reform

The Senate Fiance Committee is creating a new subcommittee to look at Medicaid reform. Senator Anna MacKinnon, a Republican from Eagle River, will chair the subcommittee. She says the other members will be announced Wednesday morning.
January 27, 2016

New Senate group convened to scrutinize Medicaid reform

The Senate Fiance Committee is creating a new subcommittee to look at Medicaid reform. Sen. Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River, will lead the subcommittee. She says the other members will be announced Wednesday morning.
January 26, 2016
Magnitude scale a poor measure of localized shaking

Magnitude scale a poor measure of localized shaking

After an earthquake like the one that struck Cook Inlet on Sunday morning, everyone wants to know how big it was. Scientists use a magnitude scale to describe the size of an earthquake. But getting to that number is a complicated process. And it has some major limitations. Download Audio
January 25, 2016
An obscure rule may be driving up Alaska health care costs

An obscure rule may be driving up Alaska health care costs

Buried deep in the October 2004 supplement of the Alaska Administrative Code are a few sentences a lot of Alaska health care experts are talking about right now. It's called the 80th percentile rule. It was adopted as a consumer protection measure, but insurers say it's encouraging excessive prices for specialty care. Download Audio
January 15, 2016
No time to Google when mom is ready to deliver

No time to Google when mom is ready to deliver

Anchorage municipal attorney Bill Falsey got a quick lesson in labor and delivery this week. He and his wife, Alaska Dispatch News reporter Jeannette Lee Falsey, expected to have their baby in the hospital. Falsey says Jeannette woke at about three in the morning on December 29th, with contractions that were far apart. By 6 am, the couple had called Bill's mom to come to the house and were getting ready to go to the hospital. Then Jeannette's water broke and the contractions quickly became more urgent. Download Audio
December 31, 2015
Alaska health plans save big sending patients south for surgery

Alaska health plans save big sending patients south for surgery

More and more Alaskans are heading Outside for major elective surgeries. Flying to the Lower 48 for things like knee and hip replacements can save patients and their health plans tens of thousands of dollars. Health care experts hope the practice will help put pressure on Alaska prices for those surgeries. And there is some evidence the strategy is working. Download Audio
December 21, 2015
Feds extend health care enrollment period

Feds extend health care enrollment period

The federal government has extended an important deadline for people who need individual health insurance in 2016. High demand on healthcare.gov prompted officials to extend the deadline for coverage that takes effect Jan. 1.
December 16, 2015
HealthCare.gov enrollment deadline extended

HealthCare.gov enrollment deadline extended

The federal government has extend an important deadline for people who need individual health insurance in 2016. High demand on healthcare.gov prompted officials to extend the deadline for coverage that takes effect January 1.
December 16, 2015
Affordable Care Act repeal bill passes Senate; Alaska senators vote in favor

Affordable Care Act repeal bill passes Senate; Alaska senators vote in favor

Alaska's Senators voted for a bill Thursday that would repeal major provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The legislation also removes federal funding for Planned Parenthood. And it marks the first time an ACA repeal bill has made it through the Senate.
December 4, 2015
Prisoner re-entry in Alaska

Prisoner re-entry in Alaska

In Alaska, one thousand people leave prison and re-enter the community each month. Nearly two thirds of them will end up back in prison -- unless they're supported through the re-entry process. APRN: Tuesday, 12/1 at 10:00am Download Audio
November 27, 2015
After a health crisis, help navigating the complicated medical system

After a health crisis, help navigating the complicated medical system

The road from illness to recovery is often difficult. In the middle of a major health crisis, patients are expected to navigate the complicated health care system. A pilot program called Alaska Innovative Medicine in Anchorage is rounding out its first year trying to improve that journey for patients while also spending fewer healthcare dollars. Download Audio
November 24, 2015

Alaskans opt out of insurance, turn to health care sharing ministries

As health insurance rates rise out of reach for many Alaskans, some residents are turning to an alternative -- Christian health care sharing ministries. Download Audio
November 9, 2015
Alaska's dinosaurs and paleontology's future in the north

Alaska’s dinosaurs and paleontology’s future in the north

A hundred million years ago, dinosaurs roamed what's now Arctic tundra. Scientists have recently discovered new fossil sites, and even new species of dinosaurs unique to the north. What did Alaska look like when the dinosaurs roamed? What more is waiting to be uncovered? APRN: Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 at 10:00am Listen Now
October 30, 2015
Alaskans weigh options as health insurance rates soar

Alaskans weigh options as health insurance rates soar

The Affordable Care Act was supposed to make health insurance accessible to all Americans. But in Alaska, the high cost of premiums on the individual market has some residents thinking about dropping their coverage. Download Audio
October 27, 2015