Republicans in the U.S. House on Monday released their plan to replace former President Obama’s signature health care law. The new plan would phase out the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid. The House proposal offers tax credits to help people buy insurance if they don’t get it through their jobs. But those tax credits are far less generous to Alaskans than the subsidies in existing law.
Rep. Matt Claman is picking up where he left off last year with legislation that would require public and private insurers to cover 12-month prescriptions for birth control. He’s pitching it as a way for the state to save money by reducing unintended pregnancies.
The state Senate today unanimously approved a bill that would make October 25 African American Soldiers’ Contribution to Building the Alaska Highway Day. The bill now moves to the Alaska House of Representatives.
It took the work of journalists, lawyers, tribal leaders and citizens to release the Fairbanks Four, after they wrongfully convicted on a murder charge and other serious crimes. Now there is an effort underway to compensate the men for the 18 years they spent in prison. Marvin Roberts, one of the Fairbanks Four, shared his thoughts on the issue.