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Chenault: Erin's Law won't pass this session

...and kindergarteners from low-income families would have their physicals paid for by the Department of Health and Social Services, not the Department of Education and Early Development. Gardner's bill, Senate Bill 31, had two hearings in...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-17/chenault-erins-law-wont-pass-session
State | AK legislature
Ralliers demand Medicaid expansion

...expansion.Walker said he and Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Valerie Davidson have stayed up late...were passed out of the House and Senate Health and Social Services committees, but are now held up in House and Senate...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-17/ralliers-demand-medicaid-expansion
State | AK legislature
Nonprofits get $1M from Hope Fund

...By combining these grants with state and local funding, and private support Juneau will be able to provide greater social services," Juneau Community Foundation Executive Director Amy Skilbred said in the release.Other organizations receiving...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-04-15/nonprofits-get-1m-hope-fund
Local
Lawmakers discuss right-to-die legislation

...loved one would have benefited from the right to choose to die with the help of a physician.The House Health and Social Services Committee discussed a bill proposed by Rep. Harriet Drummond, D-Anchorage, that would allow terminally ill patients...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-10/lawmakers-discuss-right-die-legislation
State | AK legislature
Bartlett CEO says more Medicaid could mean $1M for hospital

...140 would enroll if the federal health care program is expanded in the state, based on Department of Health and Social Services numbers.Those extra people covered would mean Bartlett would be paid back more often for the work its providers...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-08/bartlett-ceo-says-more-medicaid-could-m
State | Local
Photos: Contemplating reform

...Rep. Steve Thompson, R-Fairbanks, listen to Valerie Davidson, commissioner for the Department of Health and Social Services, speak on HB 148 relating to medical assistance reform measures at the Capitol on Tuesday.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-09/photo-contemplating-reform
State
Alaska lawmakers to discuss right-to-die legislation

...would allow terminally ill patients to choose to end their lives with the help of physicians.The House Health and Social Services Committee planned to discuss a bill proposed Rep. Harriet Drummond, D-Anchorage, on Thursday.Alaska is one...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-09/alaska-lawmakers-discuss-right-die-legi
State
Walker to work with lawmakers to expand Medicaid

...he is concerned with whether thousands of people can be added to a system that he calls broken.Senate Health and Social Services Committee Chairman Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, said he thinks it works financially in the best interests of the state...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-12/walker-work-lawmakers-expand-medicaid
State
League of Women Voters support the expansion of Medicaid

...immediate cost to the state through the federal Affordable Care Act. Reports from Alaska's own Department of Health and Social Services state that an expanded Medicaid program would save the state millions of dollars in Medicaid payments, reduce the...

http://juneauempire.com/letters/2015-04-06/league-women-voters-support-expansion
Letters
Medicaid, capital budget among things to watch

...R-Fairbanks, said the committee will try to get a better handle on the issues involved.Meanwhile, the Senate Health and Social Services Committee also is working on Medicaid legislation. Committee chair Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, said he has become...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-06/medicaid-capital-budget-among-things-wa
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