The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is placing new restrictions on visitors to long-term care facilities and nursing homes to shield residents from exposure to the coronavirus.
Alaska Native and tribal health organizations take the wellness of their communities pretty seriously. Many of them are taking a precautionary approach to coronavirus — but their biggest piece of advice is this: Don’t panic.
One subset of Alaskans is particularly at risk from the coronavirus – the elderly – and that has Anchorage facilities that serve senior citizens on high alert.
The Alaska Marine Highway System has not provided regular service for the past month. That’s made it difficult for people with mobility issues to travel for medical care.
In September, the lowest-paying residents saw their rates jump by about $1,000. But rates for some residents requiring more intense care jumped by more than $6,000.
In a Dec. 23 filing, state attorneys ask the court to toss the lawsuit on technical grounds.
Three Alaska Pioneer Homes residents are suing Gov. Mike Dunleavy and the state, seeking to block a sudden rate increase that would more than double the cost of staying at the homes.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy says he was moved to restore the funds he vetoed after seniors spoke out on the importance of the program. But he also signaled many deep cuts will remain when he presents his revised operating budget.
Depending on the level of care, a resident could see their monthly rate more than double.
Potential cuts to senior benefits and Medicaid have many concerned. But the elder community faces another potential setback – this one tied to cuts to the Alaska Legal Services Corporation.