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Medicaid expansion killed - for now

...At this time the House Finance committee is not comfortable advancing HB 148."The Department of Health and Social Services is hiring a consultant to advise the state on cost-saving fixes to the current Medicaid system. The final report...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-05-14/medicaid-expansion-killed-now
State | Local | AK legislature
Gov. threatens layoffs without budget deal

...Walker said the departments of Public Safety and Corrections will remain fully funded. The Department of Health and Social Services will have full funding for the first six months of the fiscal year.Funding for state courts and the Legislature...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-05-18/gov-threatens-layoffs-without-budget-de
Local
Training for Trouble: Police, firefighters, EMS and a bit of Hollywood-style makeup help prepare for school shooters

...stand back and wait until the scene was clear," said Julie Rabeau, head of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' trauma section. "Now they're going in sooner and finding this is saving lives."Jim Mitchell, owner and general...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-05-17/training-trouble-police-firefighters-em
Local
My Turn: Ax the timber budget

...a seat at the table in the federal and state spending processes will selectively slash funds for schools and other social services with no consideration for axing the timber budget.Sorry kids. The regional priority is the Southeast Alaska timber...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-05-11/my-turn-ax-timber-budget
Opinion
PSP sickness prompts health warning for wild clams

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is warning Alaskans against consuming wild shellfish after someone was sickened by paralytic shellfish poisoning last week near...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-05-03/psp-sickness-prompts-health-warning-wil
Local
State health officials confirm case of shellfish poisoning

...shellfish poisoning from a mixture of clams harvested from a beach north of Ketchikan.Alaska Department of Health and Social Services officials confirmed Monday that a person became sick on the evening of April 24 from a mixture of horse, manilla...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-05-05/state-health-officials-confirm-case-she
State
Medi-jammed

Despite a legislative impasse over Medicaid expansion, a Department of Health and Social Services division is working to eliminate a longstanding backlog of Medicaid applications across the state by July, the deadline Gov...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-26/medi-jammed
State | AK legislature
Clements, Hallum to wed

...Lynne and LeeRay Clements of Juneau. She is a data processing manager with State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.The groom is the son of Betty L. Hallum of Juneau. He is the operations supervisor with Southeast Industrial Services...

http://juneauempire.com/weddings/2015-04-26/clements-hallum-wed
Weddings
SEARHC-ing for ways to kick drinking

...statistically, is diagnosable as suffering from alcoholism and, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Alaska has one of the highest per capita consumption rates in the nation and a prevalence of alcohol dependence...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-04-23/searhc-ing-ways-kick-drinking
Local
Alaska Editorial: Legislature should listen on Medicaid

...Gov. Walker's plan to end its participation in the expansion. Estimates by the state Department of Health and Social Services indicate the federal investment would result in $1.2 billion in salaries and benefits to Alaska residents in the...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-04-22/alaska-editorial-legislature-should-l
Opinion

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