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Republican lawmakers express doubts on Medicaid expansion

Republican lawmakers express doubts on Medicaid expansionHouse Republicans expressed skepticism over Governor Bill Walker’s plan to expand Medicaid in a hearing Monday morning.

No longer in crisis, Sitka Community Hospital status still ‘urgent’

No longer in crisis, Sitka Community Hospital status still ‘urgent’Sitka Community Hospital has a new CEO, a new CFO; about a million dollars on hand; and no plans to ask for more money from the city.

Health Department says Medicaid expansion can save state money

Health Department says Medicaid expansion can save state moneyHealth Commissioner Valerie Davidson unveiled two new reports Friday at a press conference in Anchorage she hopes will help make the case for Medicaid expansion.

Norton Sound women rally against high cancer rates among Alaska Natives

Norton Sound women rally against high cancer rates among Alaska NativesThey traveled to Nome for a conference to discuss high rates of cancer, developmental disabilities and other diseases linked to contaminants and former military sites in the Bering Strait.

Deadline for enrolling in health insurance quickly approaching

Deadline for enrolling in health insurance quickly approachingPeople without health insurance have only 11 days left to get it under the Affordable Care Act.

Pot smoke added to Juneau’s indoor smoking ban

Pot smoke added to Juneau’s indoor smoking banThe Juneau Assembly unanimously voted to amend the city’s indoor public smoking ban to include pot, despite objections from some marijuana advocates.

Healthcare.gov navigators see steady enrollment as deadline approaches

Healthcare.gov navigators see steady enrollment as deadline approachesNearly 17,000 Alaskans have signed up for health insurance on healthcare.gov during this open enrollment period.

With focus on budget, social issues may be left behind

With focus on budget, social issues may be left behindLawmakers expect bills on social issues, like abortion, to get less attention than last cycle.

Small businesses struggle to comply with health insurance requirement

Small businesses struggle to comply with health insurance requirementStarting this month, businesses in Alaska with more than 100 full time workers have to provide health insurance.

About 16,000 Alaskans sign up on healthcare.gov

About 16,000 Alaskans sign up on healthcare.govThe federal government says about 16,000 Alaskans have signed up for health insurance on healthcare.gov.