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Annie Feidt, APRN - Anchorage

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Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off Over Medicaid Expansion

When Alaskans vote for governor on Nov. 4, they’ll also be deciding the fate of Medicaid expansion in the state. Incumbent Governor Sean Parnell has said he won’t expand the federal health insurance program under the Affordable Care Act. But his opponent, Independent candidate Bill Walker says if elected, he will immediately accept the federal money.

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October 13, 2014
Ebola Spreads to US; Risk to Alaska Deemed Low

Ebola Spreads to US; Risk to Alaska Deemed Low

Federal health officials announced today that the first case of Ebola has been diagnosed in the U.S. in Texas. The patient, who traveled from Liberia, is being treated in isolation at a hospital in Dallas. Public health officials in Alaska are prepared to respond if Ebola arrives in the state.

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September 30, 2014

Insurer Thinks Affordable Care Act Needs Fix In Alaska

The open enrollment period for signing up for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act begins November 15th. Customers in Alaska who don’t receive subsidies will have to pay dramatically higher rates for next year’s coverage. And one insurer on the exchange- Premera Alaska, says the state needs to implement a new program to ensure future rate increases aren’t as steep.

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September 29, 2014
Medicaid Reform

Medicaid Reform

Alaska will spend more than $700 million on Medicaid this year. State officials say Medicaid costs are increasing at an unsustainable rate. What would reforming the program look like to keep costs under control?

APRN: Tuesday, 9/30 at 10:00am

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September 26, 2014
Seismologist: Quake’s Depth Helped Minimize Damage

Seismologist: Quake’s Depth Helped Minimize Damage

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit Southcentral Alaska at 9:51 this morning. Michael West directs the Alaska Earthquake Center in Fairbanks. He says the epicenter was about 60 miles Northwest of Anchorage and 60 miles underground.

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September 25, 2014

Huge Increase For Healthcare.gov Insurance Rates In Alaska

Alaskans who buy health insurance on the Affordable Care Act marketplace will see a significant rate hike for next year. The state Division of Insurance says consumers can expect to pay an increase of more than 30 percent on average for coverage.

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September 5, 2014
General Katkus Resigns As Report Details Guard’s Failure In Addressing Sexual Assault

General Katkus Resigns As Report Details Guard’s Failure In Addressing Sexual Assault

An investigation released Thursday details a long list of failures in how the Alaska National Guard handles reports of sexual assault and other matters. In response to the findings, Governor Sean Parnell asked for the resignation of National Guard Major General Thomas Katkus, effective immediately.

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September 4, 2014
Alaska Natives Wait… And Wait, For Health Law Exemption

Alaska Natives Wait… And Wait, For Health Law Exemption

Most Americans are supposed to have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. But up to 50,000 Alaska Natives and American Indians in Alaska are excused from the requirement. They have to apply for that lifetime exemption though. And the federal government is mishandling many of those applications.

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September 3, 2014
Federal Requirements Burden Small Medical Practices In Alaska

Federal Requirements Burden Small Medical Practices In Alaska

EHR, ICD-10 and PQRS may sound like alphabet soup to you. But most doctors around the country know exactly what those acronyms stand for. They are programs championed by the federal government to improve quality and bring medicine into the electronic age. But in Alaska, where small medical practices are the norm, the new requirements can be a heavy burden.

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August 19, 2014

Over 11,000 Alaskans Receiving Health Insurance Refunds

More than 11,000 Alaskans are getting refunds from their health insurance companies. As part of the Affordable Care Act, companies have to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on medical care and wellness. If they don’t hit that target, they are required to send refunds to customers.

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July 24, 2014
Dipnetters Try Their Luck On The Kenai River

Dipnetters Try Their Luck On The Kenai River

The state’s largest personal use fishery is happening on the Kenai river. Dipnetters from across the state are crowding onto the north and south beaches at the mouth of the river hoping to fill coolers with sockeye salmon.

July 22, 2014

Gov’s Office Considers Suing Xerox Over Botched System Rollout

The Governor’s office may sue Xerox Corporation for the bungled rollout of a new system to process Medicaid claims.

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July 10, 2014
Rare Ribbon Seal Sighting In Prince William Sound

Rare Ribbon Seal Sighting In Prince William Sound

A federal wildlife technician got a rare treat in Prince William Sound yesterday (Weds). Marty Reedy was driving a boat for a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seabird and marine mammal survey when a colleague pointed out a seal that didn’t look quite right. Reedy, who has also worked in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas knew immediately what the animal was- a ribbon seal.

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July 10, 2014
For each hospital in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' analysis, Medicare calculated a preliminary “hospital acquired-condition” score from 1 to 10 (10 is the worst.) Hospitals getting the penalty, will lose 1 percent of each Medicare payment from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2015. This data was analyzed by Kaiser Health News. (Graphic by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Medicare Will Penalize Alaska Hospitals For Patient Safety

The four largest hospitals in Alaska are facing Medicare payment penalties for the quality of their care. Providence, Alaska Regional, Alaska Native Medical Center and Fairbanks Memorial are all in the bottom 25% nationally for the number of infections and serious complications patients get in their hospitals, according to data analyzed by Kaiser Health News.

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June 23, 2014

Health Care Broker Enroll Alaska Scales Back

Enroll Alaska is scaling back its business in the state. The division of Northrim Bank launched last year with plans to help tens of thousands Alaskans sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The company ended up with disappointing results and is now rethinking its strategy.

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June 13, 2014

Report Says 12,000 Alaskans Without Reliable Access To Health Care

When Governor Sean Parnell decided to reject federal Medicaid expansion last fall, he asked for a study detailing the safety net services available to low income Alaskans. That report is out this week and it shows 12,000 Alaskans have no reliable access to health care, particularly specialty care.

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June 11, 2014

State Report Identifies Gaps In Safety Net Care

When Governor Sean Parnell decided to reject federal Medicaid expansion last fall, he asked for a study detailing the safety net services available to low income Alaskans. That report is out this week and it shows 12,000 Alaskans have no reliable access to health care, particularly specialty care.

June 11, 2014

New President At Premera Alaska Will Be Based In Seattle

Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska has a new president. Jim Grazko is replacing Jeff Davis, who held the job for 17 years and is retiring at the end of June. Premera Alaska is the largest health insurer in the state, serving more than 100,000 customers.

May 22, 2014
Anchorage Scientist Studies Ancient Cancer For Clues To Modern Disease

Anchorage Scientist Studies Ancient Cancer For Clues To Modern Disease

Cancer is often described as a modern disease. But the skeletal remains of our ancient ancestors are marked by the ravages of cancer. And an Anchorage scientist- who’s a cancer survivor, thinks those prehistoric bones could hold clues to understanding how the disease works today.

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May 21, 2014

13,000 Alaskans Enrolled With Healthcare.gov

About 13,000 Alaskans signed up for health insurance on healthcare.gov during the open enrollment period that closed March 31st. The two insurers offering plans on the exchange in Alaska shared their enrollment figures today with APRN.

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April 30, 2014