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Chief justice Dana Fabe to retire

Chief justice Dana Fabe to retire

Alaska Supreme Court Justice Dana Fabe was the first woman appointed to serve on the court and the first woman to serve as chief justice. She announced plans to retire next summer. Download Audio
October 6, 2015
With Medicaid expansion, the chance for a fresh start

With Medicaid expansion, the chance for a fresh start

Alaskans have been able to sign of for Medicaid expansion for one month. Nearly 2,000 people have enrolled during that time. Download Audio
October 1, 2015

Alaska Senators sponsor legislation to repeal Cadillac tax

Alaska's two U. S. Senators are co-sponsoring legislation to repeal the so-called Cadillac tax, which will impact high priced employer health plans starting in 2018. Because health care is so expensive in Alaska, the tax could have a big impact in the state.
September 21, 2015

Legislative council prepares for next phase of Medicaid expansion lawsuit

The Legislative Council is moving forward with their lawsuit to stop Medicaid expansion. In the meantime, both the legislature and the Walker administration are working with consultants to find ways to reduce the cost of the Medicaid program. Download Audio
September 16, 2015
AK: Fishing, Cooking And A Yup'ik Upbringing Made Alaska's Health Commissioner

AK: Fishing, Cooking And A Yup’ik Upbringing Made Alaska’s Health Commissioner

When Valerie Davidson agreed to accept the job of Alaska's health commissioner, it was with one important condition. She made sure Gov. Walker was okay with her working out of Bethel each summer. Davidson was born in Bethel and owns a house in the community, right on the Kuskokwim River. Download Audio:
September 4, 2015
Obama met by Alaska dignitaries upon arrival at JBER

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. Download Audio
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. Download Audio
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. Download Audio
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. Listen now:
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. Download Audio
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. Download Audio
August 18, 2015
Former NICU Parent Helps Other Families Navigate A Stressful Time

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. Download Audio
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. Download Audio
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. Download Audio:
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. Download Audio
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. Download Audio
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. Download Audio
June 25, 2015
5.8-Magnitude Quake Rattles Mainland Alaska

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. Download Audio
June 24, 2015