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Federal Officials Announce ‘Navigator’ Grants To Help Alaskans Buy Health Insurance

On October first, the federal government is scheduled to have its health insurance marketplace up and running in Alaska under the Affordable Care Act. If you’re not sure exactly what a health care marketplace is, you’re not alone. So, on Thursday, the Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Susan Johnson, announced grants to two organizations to help Alaskans figure out how to use the new marketplace.

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August 15, 2013
Dawn and Ron Dillard. (Photo by Annie Feidt, APRN - Anchorage)

‘Not Dead Yet’: Living With Terminal Cancer

Dawn Dillard never wanted to retire. The 57-year-old expected to keep working as a public advocacy lawyer until she turned 100, but last year, a diagnosis of uterine cancer forced her into retirement. Now her full time job is fighting terminal cancer. And she says even if the disease kills her, she doesn’t want it to defeat her.

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August 1, 2013
The winners of the day's practice relay receive a piece of Eagle Glacier ice as their award. (Photo by Annie Feidt, APRN - Anchorage.)

APU’s Eagle Glacier Training Camp Cultivating Olympic Skiers

The U.S. women’s cross country ski team has never won an Olympic medal. But that could change in Sochi, Russia this winter. Leading the way is Alaska Pacific University skier Kikkan Randall, the best sprint skier in the world. Summer training usually involves giving up on snow, but the U.S. women have a secret weapon as they prepare for Sochi – APU’s Eagle Glacier training camp.

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July 31, 2013

State Prosecutes Large Medicaid Fraud Case

The state is prosecuting the largest Medicaid fraud case in its history. The Medicaid fraud division filed charges today (Tuesday) against 28 personal care attendants, who take care of elderly and disabled people in their homes. It’s part of a state effort to crack down on Medicaid fraud.

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July 9, 2013
Pediatric Resident Dr. Eric Foote meets with a family at LaTouche Pediatrics in Anchorage. Photo by Annie Feidt, APRN - Anchorage.

New Residency Program Designed To Recruit More Pediatricians To Alaska

Four pediatric residents got their first taste of Alaskan style medicine this spring. It’s part of a new partnership based at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital to create an unusual type of medical residency. The doctors will spend one third of their three year training in Alaska. The program is designed to help recruit more pediatricians to stay in the state after the graduate.

July 4, 2013

State Keeps Medicaid Expansion Study Secret

The state is keeping a tight lid on a study it commissioned last year on expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The expansion would provide health care coverage to about 40 thousand low income Alaskans. The federal government would pay most of the bill. Governor Sean Parnell has decided not to expand Medicaid, for now. The study it won’t release is meant to inform the Governor on whether to reconsider that position.

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June 27, 2013

Few Options For Alaskans On Affordable Care Act Marketplace

Only two health insurers have applied to be part of Alaska’s federally run health insurance marketplace. The marketplaces are required under the Affordable Care Act and will allow individuals and small groups to compare health plans and qualify for subsidies to help pay for them.

June 24, 2013
Anchorage Pediatricians Quietly Protest High Hospital Charge

Anchorage Pediatricians Quietly Protest High Hospital Charge

Patients have a difficult time getting information on hospital costs. And the doctors who work in those hospitals are no different. They rarely know the hospital charges they generate for patients when they perform procedures. But last year, two of the largest pediatric groups in Anchorage discovered what Alaska Regional Hospital is charging for a simple infant procedure. And they decided to take a quiet stand against a fee they feel is unreasonably high.

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June 20, 2013
National Weather Service photo.

Ice Jam Slowly Breaking Up Near Galena

The ice jam that is causing devastating flooding in the Yukon River community of Galena is slowly starting to break up. National Weather Service Hydrologist Ed Plumb says he first saw signs it was crumbling late this morning. He says this afternoon, large pieces were starting to break off the front of the ice jam.

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May 29, 2013

Anchorage Group Hosting Bone Marrow Registry Drives

A group of friends in Anchorage is hosting a series of bone marrow registry drives for a local doctor who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Lukemia in March.

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May 28, 2013
An Anchorage Doctor Learns How To Talk About Death

An Anchorage Doctor Learns How To Talk About Death

Doctors deal with death all the time. But they still struggle to tell a patient they’re dying or help them live with a terminal disease. A specialty called Palliative Care is trying to change that. It’s been around since the 1990s. But a lot of people, even in the medical profession, still don’t know it exists.

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May 14, 2013
How Much Are Hospitals Charging? How Much Is Medicare Paying?

How Much Are Hospitals Charging? How Much Is Medicare Paying?

How much does a hospital charge for a certain procedure? That information can be difficult for consumers to access before they get a bill in the mail. Now for the first time, the federal government is publicly sharing what hospitals bill Medicare for the 100 most common procedures. The information shows hospitals across the country, and across Alaska, charge dramatically different prices for the same procedure.

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May 9, 2013
Students At Alaska Pacific University Research Big Fisheries Questions

Students At Alaska Pacific University Research Big Fisheries Questions

There are more questions than answers about the problems facing fisheries in Cook Inlet. And scientists working on those problems are chronically short on time and funding. But a new fisheries program at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage has students tackling some important research questions. And it isn’t just graduate students doing the work, under grads are getting their feet wet doing real science too.

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April 25, 2013
Photo by Annie Feidt, APRN - Anchorage.

AK: Talent Scouting

Dozens of kids in Anchorage got the chance to fly off the ski jumps at Hilltop ski area this winter. The ski jumping program has expanded rapidly in the last three years. And the U.S. Ski team is now eyeing Anchorage as a spot to develop young athletes for their successful Nordic combined program, a sport that mixes ski jumping and cross country skiing. A U.S. ski team coach was in the city last week to offer his guidance and encourage young kids to give the sport a try.

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April 19, 2013

Several Alaskans Describe Scene At Boston Marathon Finish

Several Alaskans were near the finish line of the Boston Marathon when two bombs exploded in the crowded finish area. No Alaskans are known to be among the three people who were killed and the more than 100 others who were injured. Identifications of those victims have not yet been released.

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April 15, 2013

ConocoPhillips Suspends Chukchi Sea Drilling

ConocoPhillips announced today it is suspending its Chuckchi Sea drilling campaign. The company says “regulatory uncertainty” led to the decision.

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April 10, 2013

More Questions Than Answers On Federal Health Insurance Exchange In Alaska

Alaska’s federally run health insurance exchange is supposed to be ready to enroll participants on October 1st. But with that deadline less than six months away, insurance companies and the state’s division of insurance say they have little information on what the online insurance marketplace will look like.

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April 10, 2013

Snow Totals Downgraded For Latest Storm

The National Weather Service is downgrading it’s forecasted snow amounts for the latest April storm to hit the Anchorage area.

April 8, 2013

More Snow On The Way For Anchorage

The National Weather Service is predicting another round of significant snow for Southcentral Alaska, from the Mat-Su Valley down to the Kenai Peninsula, this weekend. The storm is expected to hit Saturday afternoon, with the heaviest snowfall Saturday evening into Sunday morning.

April 5, 2013

‘A Call To Action’ On Planning Arctic Development

Dozens of federal, state and local agencies have a say on how development happens in arctic Alaska. A report released today (Thursday) makes the case for doing a better job coordinating the work those agencies are doing as big decisions are made on important arctic issues.

April 4, 2013