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Sharp questions in opening hearings for Medicaid plan

Medicaid expansion is taking on a partisan edge in Juneau, to no surprise. Hearings on the plan by Gov. Bill Walker opened Feb. 16 in a House Finance subcommittee. Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Valerie Davidson made the case for expansion, citing improved health care for Alaskans, lower near-term costs to the state budget, and lower costs for many employers if workers have better access to health care.

Democrats seek relief from health law penalties

Deaf therapy dog provides support to hospital

State director files affidavit laying out claims against Xerox

Walker unveils Medicaid expansion plan

Increasing Medicaid access to 41,000 more Alaskans will save the state several million dollars per year according to Gov. Bill Walker’s administration. In the first year of expansion, fiscal year 2016, the State of Alaska will save $6.1 million based on figures in a Department of Health and Social Services report.

Study: Medicaid expansion to add 26,523 insured by 2021

Supreme Court’s new health law case cuts both ways

Is doctor’s office the most dangerous place for data?

Walker unveils Medicaid plan

Increasing Medicaid access to 41,000 more Alaskans will save the state several million dollars per year according to Gov. Bill Walker’s administration.

Doctors to coordinate seniors’ chronic care

Wearable sensors gather lots of data; now to make it useful

Medicaid expansion could be months away

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Army hears from Alaska on force cuts

It felt like a high school pep rally, but the result is far more important than any Friday night football game. Alaska leaders joined hundreds of Anchorage residents at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center Feb. 23 — an effort to demonstrating the state’s support of the military before a U.S. Army panel tasked with determining which bases should lose troops.

Upsized ASAP may rattle AK LNG Project

JUNEAU — Finance subcommittees in the state House were closing out budgets for state agencies this week, while other legislative committees heard updates on the Alaska LNG Project and worked on energy legislation. A bill dealing with regulation of now-legal marijuana is also being worked on in House and Senate committees.

Corps has $210 million plan for Nome port expansion

An expansion plan for the Port of Nome is starting to take shape. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District released a draft feasibility report Feb. 20 that outlines what it sees as a reasonable Arctic deep-draft port.

Midwest utility offers proposal to shore up Railbelt grid

A Midwest utility company hopes to help Alaska fix its strained Railbelt electric transmission system. Xcel Energy Inc. representatives presented to the House and Senate Energy committees on Feb. 19 about ways the company could facilitate private investment in new power lines for the region.

State waters pollock working group holds final meeting

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