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IHS to reimburse Alaska Tribal health providers

Certain Tribal health providers in Alaska will receive payments from the Indian Health Service to cover past contract support costs.

Thousands of Alaskans fall into ACA ‘coverage gap’

CBO: Subsidy costs revised to $1T over 10 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Affordable Care Act’s health insurance subsidies will cost a little less than previously thought, according to a new report released April 14.

New ‘face,’ but some old problems for ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abruptly on the spot as the new face of “Obamacare,” Sylvia Mathews Burwell faces steep challenges, both logistical and political.

State: Pain meds contributing to workers’ comp costs

State officials and legislators are increasingly concerned with the over-prescription of opiates and other controlled substances for pain management in the workers’ compensation program.

House bills target escalating Alaska medical costs

JUNEAU — State legislators are dealing with number of bills affecting business as the 2014 session enters its final month. Lawmakers must adjourn April 20, although there are procedures for extending the session.

Two-year extension offered for canceled health plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Warding off the specter of election-year health insurance cancellations, the Obama administration March 5 announced a two-year extension for individual policies that don’t meet requirements of the new health care law.

GAO accepts bipartisan requests to probe health exchanges

The investigative arm of Congress on March 5 agreed to look into problems with state health exchange websites around the country.

House aims to revamp high-cost workers’ comp system

Workers’ compensation rates in Alaska have continued to climb in recent years despite a declining number of claims.

Health providers to finally receive contract cost funding

Alaska’s Tribal health care providers had good news in February.

GUEST COMMENTARY: ‘Obamacare’ and the end of the American work ethic

I was thinking of not doing a column this week.

EDITORIAL: ‘Obamacare’ means whatever president says it does

“ObamaCare” is useful shorthand for the Affordable Care Act not least because the law increasingly means whatever President Obama says it does on any given day.

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Alaska stake in LNG project approved

Before finishing all of its work in Juneau, the Alaska Legislature approved state participation in a large North Slope gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas project, one of the major pieces of business for the 28th session.

BP to sell four smaller North Slope fields

BP announced April 22 that it will sell four of its North Slope assets to Houston-based independent Hilcorp Energy.

Construction season approaching on most Alaska highways

Alaska’s second season, that of road construction, is upon us.

Legislators pass fish bills as session end nears

Fishers, processors and the general public will see changes to certain fisheries regulations under bills passed by the Alaska Legislature this session.

House bill proposes adding CFEC to Fish and Game

A bill that would make the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission a division of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game got an introductory hearing in the Legislature April 19, with the expectation that commercial fishermen and other stakeholders will consider the idea for possible enactment next session.