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Alaska struggles to meet health care demands

...the cabinet meeting. The immediate problem is a moratorium imposed in June by the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). CMS supervises the state and federally funded program that provides home health assistance for the disabled...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/080309/sta_474154592.shtml
State works to lift moratorium on home health care admissions

...Medicaid waiver programs. Federal money pays for most of the four programs. The federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services imposed the moratorium on new enrollments in the four home health care programs because of state compliance issues...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/081309/loc_481307135.shtml
Feds ease up on Medicaid waiver freeze

...regulations to allow federal money to be used for home- and community-based care. The federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) said the state was failing to assess and re-assess those seeking services under the waiver in a timely...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/082509/sta_485799834.shtml
Moratorium lifted on state Medicaid waiver programs

...move to lift the moratorium comes even before the submission of a final plan to the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) on how they'll correct problems the federal agency found with Alaska's management of the programs. Commissioner...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/083009/loc_487758843.shtml
Legislature delves into home health problems, state response

...for such services in the home instead of a nursing home requires a waiver from the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, but Alaska failed to meet the conditions of the waivers. Among those conditions was regular reassessments to see...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/110409/loc_512439065.shtml
House Bill 30: Repealing defined contribution retirement plan

...contribution plan?" Instead, retirement benefits should be viewed in total, including those from all factors such as Medicare services, deferred compensation arrangements and the opportunity for retirees to have dignity during their later years...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/021309/opi_387598078.shtml
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