The first disbursement from the federal government to help cover Alaska’s high-cost individual insurance market pool was announced Feb. 9 at $58.5 million for 2018, an amount higher than projected.... Read more
The immigration stalemate that temporarily caused a government shutdown over a late January weekend was ended with a three-week funding bill that included a six-year extension of the Children’s... Read more
A request for another $100 million to fund Medicaid claims raised questions on the Senate Finance Committee in the first days of the legislative session, but the answers will have to wait.
Senate... Read more
Officials say they’ve seen benefits of a health care cost transparency ordinance passed by the Anchorage Assembly last February, and now Ketchikan is exploring a similar measure to receive price tags... Read more
A health clinic in downtown Anchorage, at the heart of the 5th Avenue Mall, may seem an unlikely sight at first glance amid the Christmas tinsel.
Near the giant JC Penney department store, Capstone... Read more
Just weeks before a new 2.6 percent tax is to be levied against businesses and individuals, the Alaska Chamber says there’s not a moment to lose in convincing Congress it’s a bad idea.
Known as the... Read more
The Salvation Army’s red kettles collect quarters and dollars that may not look like they’d add up to much.
But in the face of Alaska’s drug epidemic, those for whom the bells toll include people in... Read more
Republicans in Congress are aiming to repeal the health insurance mandate tax penalty before the holidays, but the IRS still plans to enforce it when people file their 2017 returns next year.
Here’s... Read more
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pick for health secretary is a former pharmaceutical company executive who already has drawn heat from Democrats over his ties to the pharmaceutical... Read more
The state or federal government covers 340,000 people in Alaska and retirees out-of-state, spending $3.5 billion per year between Medicaid and federal and state employee groups.
Uncle Sam pays $1.51... Read more
Reforms to Alaska’s Medicaid program are producing savings but state budget officials still expect costs to rise up to $75 million next year.
Provisions in the state Medicaid reform legislation that... Read more
The award-winning University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolf debate team argued the question of whether America should adopt a single-payer health care system on Oct. 25 before a Commonwealth North... Read more
The State of Alaska filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma on Oct. 31, claiming the pharmaceutical company that makes the drug OxyContin used fraudulent marketing and is responsible for the widespread... Read more
In the United States, health care is one of the fastest growing job sectors in the country. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, in 2014, 11.8 million workers were employed in the... Read more
U.S. Coast Guard medic Erin Murray had set her sights on search and rescue operations off Kodiak Island for the kind of work that involves being lowered from a helicopter to save drowning crewmen... Read more
Anyone who’s found their homes burglarized or their cars broken into or stolen is increasingly likely to be a victim of the opioid epidemic.
Strewn in parking lot litter and on dog-walk pathways are... Read more
President Trump’s decision last week to cut cost-sharing reduction payments, or CSRs, has been widely panned by industry advocates concerned about the uncertainty the decision brings to the... Read more
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move likely to roil America's insurance markets, President Donald Trump will "immediately" halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law he has been trying to... Read more