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Medicaid system expansion could be months away

...is in a position to begin enrolling Alaskans under expanded Medicaid coverage.Davidson said issues need to be worked out with a Medicaid eligibility system as well as with a Medicaid payment system that has been plagued by problems since going...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-12-15/medicaid-system-expansion-could-be-mont
State
Southeast by the (updated) numbers

...Gov. Bill Walker's plan to expand Medicaid. The tiniest slice of the pie chart...national trend. States that did not expand Medicaid were harder hit. Though it looks to be about 10 months out, Medicaid expansion in Alaska could reverse that...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-12-19/southeast-updated-numbers
Local
New, but in for the long haul at Bartlett

...conversion. Patients and insurance companies, particularly Medicaid, had not been billed for medication for nearly a year.Because...approximately 180,000 residents are on "charity care," primarily Medicaid. In comparison, Juneau's "charity care" population is...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-12-12/new-long-haul-bartlett
Local
Critics pan recommendation to cut Medicaid therapy

...Sean Parnell to give advice on reforming Medicaid was told that its recommendations to...Dispatch News reported the state's Medicaid Reform Advisory Group in a five-hour...advisory group after refusing to expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-10-30/critics-pan-recommendation-cut-medicaid
State
Alaska Editorial: Walker takes office amid state revenue downturn

...starting with accepting an expansion of Medicaid. "Up to 40,000 of our friends, family...costs on the state, declined to expand Medicaid during his tenure despite the tens of...Alaskans who fell into the gap between Medicaid recipients and those able to afford plans...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-12-04/alaska-editorial-walker-takes-office-
Opinion
Walker asks for 200 employees' resignations

...Tribal Health Consortium director and Medicaid expert Valerie Nurr'araaluk Davidson...wheels in motion today to begin expanding Medicaid." He had promised during his campaign...in the department, "we will move (Medicaid expansion) as aggressively as we can...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-12-02/walker-asks-200-employees-resignations
Local
Walker's opening choices are hard ones

...while the gas line remained a major topic, Walker sought to show he wasn't a one-issue candidate.He made expanding Medicaid coverage under the federal health care law a priority, something Parnell resisted despite broad-based support, citing cost...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-11-30/walkers-opening-choices-are-hard-ones
State
State wants mediation over Medicaid billing

...vendor Xerox Corp. to address problems with Alaska's new Medicaid payment system.Gov. Sean Parnell, in a statement Thursday...notification several times a week of providers no longer accepting new Medicaid patients or those suspending service until claims were settled...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-07-11/state-wants-mediation-over-medicaid-bil
State
Walker interviews for cabinet positions

...past."Also at the top of the list is Medicaid expansion, Walker said. During his...been very clear about health care and Medicaid expansion," Walker said. "There's...different ways of accepting the expanded Medicaid. One is more direct, one requires legislative...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-11-25/walker-interviews-cabinet-positions
Local
Check for $1 is too little, too late

...issued to qualify the applicant for Medicaid benefits. "The reason we do that...and therefore they are eligible for Medicaid," Walker-Tolles explained. "We've just gotten that person on Medicaid."Walker-Tolles admitted that...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-11-07/check-1-too-little-too-late
Local

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