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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
Anchorage Hospitals Compete For New ER Beds

Anchorage Hospitals Compete For New ER Beds

Two big hospitals in Anchorage have competing visions for how to expand access to emergency care. Alaska Regional wants to build two freestanding emergency departments on opposite ends of the city while Providence is hoping to add beds to specialize in pediatric emergencies on its campus.

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May 13, 2015

‘Story Map’ Reveals Hidden Lives of Anchorage Bears

A new map from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game offers a bear’s eye view of Anchorage. The “story map” draws on data and video collected from nine bears- six black and three brown- who wore cameras on special collars in 2012 and 2013. The videos capture bears playing with lawn art, slurping up barbecue grease and running across busy intersections.

April 29, 2015
Anchorage Church Officials Lead Rally For Medicaid Expansion

Anchorage Church Officials Lead Rally For Medicaid Expansion

Hundreds of Anchorage residents gathered in Cuddy park Thursday night to rally for Medicaid expansion. The event was organized by AFACT, Anchorage Faith & Action Congregations Together- a coalition of local churches. Organizers hope the rally will make a difference as lawmakers enter the final days of the legislative session.

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April 17, 2015

Lawmaker Sends Questionable Email On Medicaid Expansion

A Republican lawmaker from Eagle River sent an e-mail Friday attempting to rally opposition to Medicaid expansion. In the email, obtained by KTUU, Lora Reinbold distributes the call-in number to testify at a Saturday House Finance hearing. She writes, “We are trying not to get the number out to the pro expansion for they are much more organized.”

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April 13, 2015
Health Care Costs in Alaska

Health Care Costs in Alaska

Do you dread getting a bill from the hospital or your doctor’s office? Healthcare costs are rising quickly in Alaska and we’re all paying the bills. We’ll look at why health care costs so much here and what we can do to reduce those costs.

APRN: Tuesday, 4/14 at 10:00am

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April 10, 2015

Lawmakers Discuss Medicaid Expansion, Meaning Of ‘Payment Reform’

The state House Finance Committee has spent several hours this week considering the Governor’s Medicaid expansion bill- HB 148. A lot of that time has been focused on finding a better way to pay for health care services. It’s called “payment reform” and it’s a big topic of discussion in the health care world right now.

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April 9, 2015

Medicaid Expansion Bill Clears First Hurdle

Governor Walker’s Medicaid Expansion bill has passed it’s first committee in the House. HB 148 was approved by the House Health and Social Services Committee Tuesday night with a 6 to 1 vote.

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April 1, 2015

Alaskans Testify On Governor’s Medicaid Expansion Bill

Lawmakers took public testimony for the first time Thursday on Governor Bill Walker’s bill to expand Medicaid. The public spoke during the last 30 minutes of the House Health and Social Services committee’s hearing on HB 148.

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March 27, 2015

Alaska Joins Investigation Into Premera Cyber Attack

Alaska is participating in an multi-state investigation into Premera following a cyber attack on the health insurer early this year. The state’s insurance director says she has a lot of questions about why the attack occurred and why it took the company two months to announce it publicly.

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March 25, 2015

Senate Republicans Preview Medicaid Reform Bill

Senator Pete Kelly, a Fairbanks Republican, previewed a bill he’s planning to introduce this week to reform the current Medicaid system. At a press conference this morning, he said the bill won’t include a provision to expand Medicaid. A group of Anchorage religious leaders and lay people are in Juneau to try to convince him and other skeptical lawmakers to change their minds on the issue.

March 9, 2015

Budget Cuts Would Eliminate Health Care Commission

The Alaska Health Care Commission would be eliminated in proposed funding cuts from the House finance committee. The Commission makes policy recommendations to the legislature and the Governor to improve the health of Alaskans and control health care costs.

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March 4, 2015

New Alaska Branch of Americans For Prosperity Campaigns Against Medicaid Expansion

The conservative group Americans for Prosperity, backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, recently opened an office in Anchorage. They’re working to convince elected officials to support their vision of smaller government. And one of their main priorities this legislative session is defeating Medicaid expansion.

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February 19, 2015
HHS region 10 director Susan Johnson. (Photo by Annie Feidt, APRN - Anchorage)

Alaska’s Healthcare.gov Enrollment Jumps To Nearly 21K

Almost 21,000 Alaskans signed up for health insurance on healthcare.gov during the open enrollment period that closed Feb. 15.

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February 18, 2015

Republican Lawmakers Express Doubts On Medicaid Expansion

House Republicans expressed skepticism over Governor Walker’s plan to expand Medicaid in a hearing this morning. The subcommittee hearing of the House Health and Social Services Committee was the first chance for lawmakers to publicly question Health Commissioner Valerie Davidson on the subject.

February 16, 2015
Health Commissioner Valerie Davidson and Alaska Governor Bill Walker announce the state's plan for Medicaid expansion and reform. (Photo by Annie Feidt, APRN - Anchorage)

Health Department Says Medicaid Expansion Can Save State Money

Health Commissioner Valerie Davidson unveiled two new reports today (Friday) at a press conference in Anchorage she hopes will help make the case for Medicaid expansion. They show Alaska can actually save money by expanding the program, even as the federal match drops below 100 percent.

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February 6, 2015
After Regrouping In Anchorage, Kikkan Randall Looks Towards World Championships

After Regrouping In Anchorage, Kikkan Randall Looks Towards World Championships

Alaska Pacific University skier Kikkan Randall has spent three years on top of the World Cup sprint standings. This season has been different- she’s struggled to make even the top ten in races. Randall’s back in Europe now, after spending a few weeks in Anchorage to regroup.

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February 3, 2015

Alaska Regional Hospital To Open Mountain View Clinic

Alaska Regional Hospital is planning to open a healthcare clinic in Mountain View by the end of year. There aren’t any primary care services in the neighborhood currently. That’s forcing residents to use Alaska Regional’s emergency room for routine care, according to Medicaid data from the state Department of Health and Social Services. That costs the hospital in uncompensated care and it costs the state in unnecessary Medicaid payments.

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February 2, 2015

Alaska Regional Hospital To Open Mountain View Clinic

Alaska Regional Hospital is planning to open a healthcare clinic in Mountain View by the end of year. There aren’t any primary care services in the Anchorage neighborhood currently.

February 2, 2015