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State: About 285 same-sex couples wed in past year

...year since a federal judge struck down the state's ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional, according to the state health department.Monday marked the one-year anniversary of the decision striking down a 1998 voter-approved ban on same-sex...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-10-13/state-about-285-same-sex-couples-wed-pa
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Alaska hired consultants ahead of Obama visit

...speedier and even more beneficial decisions from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services than the state health department had anticipated, including expected policy changes that could mean millions of dollars in savings for the state...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-10-07/alaska-hired-consultants-ahead-obama-vi
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State to enforce federal work requirements for food stamps

...enough for a waiver from the work requirements, said Christina Cross, social service program coordinator with the state health department.But starting Jan. 1, "able-bodied" adults will be limited to three months of food stamps in a 36-month...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-08-06/state-enforce-federal-work-requirements
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Tobacco use drops as e-cigarettes surge

...disclose their ingredients."There's just such variation," said Alison Kulas, tobacco program manager for the state health department. "Without that oversight, you're not entirely sure what you could be buying from somebody."Although vape...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-07-05/tobacco-use-drops-e-cigarettes-surge
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Medicaid news guide: A look at the legislative debate

...percent by 2020.The federal contribution rate for the current Medicaid program is 50 percent, according to the state health department.___WHO WOULD BE COVERED?Adults between the ages of 19 and 64 who are not disabled, caring for dependent...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-07/medicaid-news-guide-look-legislative-de
State | AK legislature
Medicaid, capital budget among things to watch

...efforts to contain and bring down costs within Medicaid. The program that accounts for about 60 percent of the state health department budget and is a driver of the state operating budget.House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, told reporters...

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

...There have been calls, too, for changes to the current Medicaid program - which is over 60 percent of the state health department budget and a driver of the state operating budget - before moving toward expansion.Walker initially dealt with...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-18/walker-expand-medicaid
State | AK legislature
Consultant hired to help recommend Medicaid reforms

JUNEAU - The state health department has hired a consultant to help recommend next steps as Gov. Bill Walker's administration plans to implement Medicaid expansion...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-07-22/consultant-hired-help-recommend-medicai
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Consultant hired to help recommend Medicaid reforms

JUNEAU - The state health department has hired a consultant to help recommend next steps as Gov. Bill Walker's administration plans to implement Medicaid expansion...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-07-21/consultant-hired-help-recommend-medicai
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Judge blocks Kansas' ban on 2nd-trimester abortion procedure

...and evacuation procedures accounted for about 9 percent of all abortions in Kansas last year, according to the state health department. The state already bans most abortions at or after the 22nd week of pregnancy, and 89 percent last year occurred...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-06-26/judge-blocks-kansas-ban-2nd-trimester
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