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Around town for Wednesday, April 22

...dimension and longevity. Guest speakers include: Ed Buyarski and Margaret Tharp. Cost: $35. For more information contact Valerie at (907) 209-7100.Overeaters Anonymous meeting, 10-11 a.m., Juneau Public Health Center, 3412 Old Glacier Highway...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-04-21/wednesday-april-22
Local
Legislature approves all of Walker's commissioners in marathon joint session

...a general lack of support for Medicaid expansion in the Legislature, Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Valerie Davidson was unanimously approved by both bodies. The commissioner has pushed for expansion throughout the session.Walker...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-19/legislature-approves-all-walkers-commis
State | AK legislature
Ralliers demand Medicaid expansion

...She called for a floor vote on Medicaid expansion.Walker said he and Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Valerie Davidson have stayed up late and gotten up early many days to prepare for hearings on Medicaid expansion and the governor's...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-17/ralliers-demand-medicaid-expansion
State | AK legislature
Gov: No Medicaid reform without expansion

...care industry representatives that while they are interested in pursuing reforms, funding is a concern. Health commissioner Valerie Davidson has said that, based on the experiences of other states, expanding Medicaid coverage could mean that hospitals would...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-14/gov-no-medicaid-reform-without-expansio
State
Walker to work with lawmakers to expand Medicaid

...happen. The question is, at what pace and with what resources to be able to drive that kind of change," health commissioner Valerie Davidson said Friday. "Are we willing to invest 100 percent federal dollars to be able to invest into a system to allow that...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-12/walker-work-lawmakers-expand-medicaid
State
Photos: Contemplating reform

...Finance Committee Co-chairs Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake, left, and 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...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-09/photo-contemplating-reform
State
Empire Readers' Council Editorial: Medicaid expansion is the right choice for Alaska

...is reason enough for the Legislature to approve the expansion.According to state Health and Social Services Commissioner Valerie Davidson, the federal government is to pay 100 percent of those costs through 2016, stepping down to 90 percent by 2020...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-04-05/empire-readers-council-editorial-medi
Opinion
Folk Fest bar music, dances, workshops and other events

...JACC7-7:50 p.m., Njuzu Marimbas, Juneau (Jesse Larson - Boulder Colorado, Joe Goodhew - Boulder Colorado, Betsy Sims, Valerie Snyder, Hunter Brown, Ceann Murphy, Emily Kane, Sally Donaldson, Tracey Miller, Karen Larson). High energy polyrhythmic...

http://juneauempire.com/art/2015-04-08/folk-fest-dance-workshop-and-event-schedu
Art
Committee begins digging in to Medicaid bill

...veto state proposals. But for a partnership to move forward, he believed an agreement would be needed.Health commissioner Valerie Davidson said tribal health organizations have long been interested in pursuing this type of waiver with the state. The federal...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-08/committee-begins-digging-medicaid-bill
State | AK legislature
My Turn: The medical industrial complex's hard sell on Medicaid expansion

...program already has serious integrity problems in its operations. The governor and state Health and Human Services Commissioner Valerie Davidson have already acknowledged in his bill the need to "reform" the program. Yet the bill only makes vague reference...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-04-08/my-turn-medical-industrial-complexs-h
Opinion

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