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Small Businesses Struggle To Comply With Health Insurance Requirement

Starting this month, businesses in Alaska with more than 100 full time workers have to provide health insurance. And under the Affordable Care Act “full time” is any employee who works more than 30 hours a week. Senator Lisa Murkowski is sponsoring legislation that would change that threshold to 40 hours. Many restaurants owners in Anchorage are watching the legislation closely.

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January 15, 2015

About 16,000 Alaskans Sign Up On Healthcare.gov

The federal government says about 16,000 Alaskans have signed up for health insurance on healthcare.gov. That’s about 3,000 more than signed up during the initial open enrollment period.

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January 14, 2015
(Photo by Annie Feidt, APRN - Anchorage)

AK: The Art Of Medicine

Physicians spend a lot of time thinking about how to fix the human body. A group of young doctors in Anchorage recently had the chance to draw it instead. They are all overworked, over tired interns-midway through their first year of residency. But they spent a morning in an intro to drawing class in an effort to get them to think more creatively about their careers.

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January 9, 2015

AK Essay: Barenaked

Nude is what is it is called. Nude is artsy and sophisticated. But when I crumpled onto the small wooden platform, I was just plain old naked. And then when I crawled the several feet between me and my robe, I was even more naked.

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January 9, 2015
Doctors Hope To ‘Reset’ Healthcare Model In Alaska

Doctors Hope To ‘Reset’ Healthcare Model In Alaska

A group of doctors in Anchorage hopes to do a better job caring for some of the sickest patients in the city. It may cost more money initially, but in the long run, the goal is also to save health care dollars. The new group is called Alaska Innovative Medicine and the idea is based on a kidney dialysis clinic.

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December 22, 2014

State Hires Project Lead for Medicaid Expansion

The Department of Health and Social Services has created a new position to help the state work toward the goal of expanding Medicaid. The job is “Medicaid expansion project director” and it’s being filled by Chris Ashenbrenner, who spent two decades working for the department and came out of retirement to take on this challenge.

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December 16, 2014

NOAA Proposes Critical Habitat For Ringed Seals

A federal agency has proposed about 350,000 square miles of ocean off Alaska’s north and west coasts as critical habitat for the seal that’s the main prey of polar bears.

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December 2, 2014

Parnell to Walker: Use Guard Bureau Reform Recommendations

Gov. Sean Parnell says he doesn’t know what’s next for him, but he expects to keep working on the issues his administration prioritized.

November 28, 2014
Gov.-Elect Walker Wants To Expand Medicaid. Can It Happen?

Gov.-Elect Walker Wants To Expand Medicaid. Can It Happen?

On the campaign trail, Bill Walker made expanding the state’s Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act one of his top priorities. And he’s confident he could make the decision without input from the state legislature.

“It’s up to the Governor to accept that.”

But when Walker takes office next month, will it really be so easy to expand a program that has been a tough sell in other conservative states?

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November 20, 2014

Alaska News Nightly: November 17, 2014

Begich Concedes; Walker Transition Formally Begins; Marijuana Businesses Face Special Burdens; Lights Return to Tuluksak; Deep Decline in Polar Bears Reported; Virus Could Be Killing Pacific Starfish; Military Training In Alaska; Feds Uphold Wishbone Hill Permits

November 17, 2014

Healthcare.gov Has Smooth Launch in Alaska

Healthcare.gov was working smoothly in Alaska this weekend for the start of open enrollment. Enroll Alaska reported Friday that the site was miscalculating the subsidy amounts for Alaskans looking for health insurance in “window shopping” mode. But the company said it had signed up 40 people on Saturday- the first day the site was live- with no apparent problems.

November 16, 2014

Healthcare.gov Miscalculates Subsidies In Alaska

November 15th marks the start of the second open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act, when individuals can sign up for coverage on healthcare.gov. But even before it opens for business, there are signs the website isn’t working correctly for Alaskans.

November 14, 2014

Health Insurers Look Ahead To Open Enrollment Period

The three month open enrollment period for the federal health care exchange begins this Saturday, November 15th. The two insurers offering plans on healthcare.gov in Alaska have very different projections on how many more Alaskans will sign up for coverage for 2015.

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November 12, 2014
Dr. Donna Chester operates the da Vinci robot during surgery. (Photo by Annie Feidt, APRN - Anchorage)

AK: High Tech Surgery

Surgeons these days have a lot of futuristic tools at their disposal in the operating room. They use robots, high definition cameras and special dyes to help them complete complicated procedures. And you don’t have to travel to big cities in the Lower 48 to find the most up to date operating room technology.

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November 7, 2014

Medicaid Reform Group Hears Passionate Testimony On Proposed Cuts

The State’s Medicaid Reform Advisory Group has met for the last six months in relative obscurity. That changed today (Wednesday) when more than 200 parents, doctors and physical therapists showed up to testify about a list of proposed “innovations” the group hopes will help curtail the growing cost of program. The message the group heard was that the reforms would have huge impacts on the people who rely on Medicaid for health services.

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October 29, 2014

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