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Governor Sean Parnell will discuss Medicaid expansion at a press conference in Anchorage today. Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Bill Streur will join Parnell at the conference.
Parnell is expected to announce by Dec. 15 whether the State of Alaska will accept federal money offered for the expansion through the Affordable Care Act. He’s said before that he has “serious concerns” about expanding Medicaid because of the cost to the state. He said in a statement earlier this year that Alaska’s Medicaid costs are already growing by $100 million a year.
Interested parties have until Dec. 3 to comment on the proposed oil and gas sale in the Chukchi Sea. The Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management announced Thursday that it was extending the comment period because of the government shutdown in October.
Developers believe Alaska’s outer continental shelf has extensive oil resources, but the site’s remote location and harsh conditions pose challenges to extraction.
Find more information on how to comment here: http://bit.ly/chukchicomment.
U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) introduced legislation Wednesday that would designate 1.56 million acres of land in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness.
President Barack Obama announced a fix to the Affordable Care Act that would allow insurers to extend by one year health insurance policies that don’t comply with the act. The fix comes after five million people reported their current policies had been canceled.
Obama announced the fix Thursday.
Laura Lane was heading to work when her train got stuck. Conductor Paquita Williams was soon walking through the cars, putting passengers at ease in the darkness. Laura was so impressed with how Paquita handled the two-hour ordeal, she wanted to learn more about her.
Medicare has tied incentive payments and penalties to two-dozen quality measurements, including surveys of patient satisfaction and death rates. More than 1,200 hospitals are receiving bonuses. But more hospitals are being paid less for each Medicare patient they treat for the year that began Oct. 1.
Scientists suspect that warming air and rivers, as well as smaller winter snowpack, is endangering western trout. But on a ranch in Montana, methods to protect trout from the effects of cattle ranching are helping the trout become more resilient to the inevitable change in their environment.