Health Care Costs in Alaska

Alaska’s Health Care costs are among the highest in the world. And the state’s Health Care Commission has spent the last year trying to figure out why. It’s a  complicated problem but the commission has some intriguing findings to report, that may start to get at some answers.

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HOST: Lori Townsend, APRN

GUESTS:

  • Deborah Erickson, Executive Director of the Alaska Health Care Commission, (907)-333-2474, deborah.erickson@alaska.gov
  • Jeffrey Davis, President of Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska
  • Don Rush, Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center
  • Callers Statewide

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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.