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My Turn: The brokenness of Alaska's legislative priorities

...Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist, in exchange for trying "to influence the outcome of ongoing contractual and Medicare billing disputes worth tens of millions of dollars" to Dr. Melgen.Menendez blasted prosecutors for not understanding...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-04-24/my-turn-brokenness-alaskas-legislativ
Opinion | AK legislature
Talks begin on Capitol Hill budget

...WASHINGTON - Lawmakers quarreled Monday over Medicare, taxes and almost $40 billion in unrequested...endorsed major cuts to programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, highway projects and domestic...have rejected a House GOP plan to turn Medicare into a voucher-like program for future...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-04-21/talks-begin-capitol-hill-budget
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SC paper wins Pulitzer for domestic violence coverage

...Times for an examination of lobbyists' influence on state attorneys general, the Journal for detailing fraud and waste in the Medicare payment system.The Times' coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa won Pulitzers for international reporting and feature...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-04-21/sc-paper-wins-pulitzer-domestic-viole
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Committee begins digging in to Medicaid bill

...tribal health organizations have long been interested in pursuing this type of waiver with the state. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved these types of waivers in other states, she said.The president and CEO of the Alaska...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-08/committee-begins-digging-medicaid-bill
State | AK legislature
My Turn: Can we afford another healthcare debacle?

...unlike other states, has much higher reimbursement rates for Medicaid than Medicare. As a result, more doctors may decide to treat Medicaid patients versus Medicare patients, creating a situation where our prison population gets better access...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-02-19/my-turn-can-we-afford-another-healthc
Opinion
Subcommittee discusses Medicaid expansion

...investing in health care as another important investment in Alaska, she said.The state has told the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that if the federal contribution rate falls below 90 percent, Alaska would no longer participate. But...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-02-17/subcommittee-discusses-medicaid-expansi
State | AK legislature
My Turn: Will GOP destroy Obama's gains?

...the Bush era of recession and debt. I predict Democrats in Congress will have to fight like hell to keep Social Security, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act intact, and immigration reform and climate change legislation will be dead in the water.Let...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-02-03/my-turn-will-gop-destroy-obamas-gains
Opinion
Analysis: In Senate battle, GOP's weapon is Obama

WASHINGTON - Struggling to preserve their Senate majority, Democrats are attacking Republicans over Medicare and Social Security in Louisiana, spending cuts in Arkansas, offshore jobs in New Hampshire and women's issues in Colorado...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-10-26/analysis-senate-battle-gops-weapon-obam
State
Anchorage hospital to acquire Medicare clinic

...cover its bills.The facility, Alaska Medicare Clinic, operates under an unusual business...only patients 65 and older who carry Medicare - federal health insurance shunned by...nurses, medical aides and patients, a Medicare-only primary care hub in South Anchorage...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-10-13/anchorage-hospital-acquire-medicare-cli
State
Medicare premiums up - but not as much as expected

...news for seniors: The government says Medicare's basic monthly premium will rise less...connection between Social Security COLAs and Medicare. Some also cite a moderation in health...will get a simpler takeaway message: Medicare is under sound management.Older voters...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2011-10-28/medicare-premiums-not-much-expected
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