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Public doubts Court’s fairness on Obamacare

Medicare bill helps doctors and kids, but deficit foes cool

Hunters often overlook hearing protection

Delays at Alaska VA facilities are shorter than US average

(AP) — Average wait times for veterans seeking appointments at four Veterans Administration facilities in Alaska were below the national average, according to VA data for September through February.

Walker introduces legislation to expand Medicaid

Bowing to legislators’ requests, Gov. Bill Walker introduced legislation March 17 setting out a broad framework for reform of the state-managed Medicaid program and also expanding the program to provide health coverage to an estimated 40,000 uninsured Alaskans.

Eyak embraces ‘Baby Boxes’ in Cordova

Kelly proposes Medicaid reforms before expansion

Legislators have now signaled they want to see efforts at reforming the Medicaid program before expanding it, a setback for Gov. Bill Walker’s major legislative initiative this year.

States on edge about future of subsidies

Rafting program helps veterans deal with stress, anxiety

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

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Walker preps for partial shutdown

Gov. Bill Walker signed a partial state budget May 18, a move that could force the layoff of about 15,000 state employees and lead to a partial government shutdown if legislators can’t reach a budget deal.

Exporting defense powered expansion

“He who holds Alaska will hold the world,” Brigadier General William Mitchell told the House Military Affairs Committee in 1935.

Mumford tapped for Board of Fisheries

Gov. Bill Walker’s office announced on May 20 that Robert Mumford has been appointed to the vacant seat on the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

Gillis resigned over board appointment

Karen Gillis, Gov. Bill Walker’s former director of Boards and Commissions, resigned in protest of an appointment Walker’s office said never happened.

Drilling foes block port entry; city issues notice

SEATTLE (AP) — Foes of Royal Dutch Shell’s use of a Seattle seaport terminal to prepare for exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean attacked on two fronts May 18 as a few hundred protesters blocked port entrances and the City of Seattle declared that Shell and its maritime host lacked a proper permit.
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