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.
As the Alaska Legislature continues to grapple with the state’s budget, Juneau is dealing with the direct and indirect impacts of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget vetoes.
Alaska’s low-income seniors stand to lose cash assistance from the state. More than a third of seniors on the program live in Anchorage. But U.S. census data suggests the communities most affected per capita are in rural Alaska.
A recent review from a federal watchdog agency found that Alaska health care providers failed to correctly report and monitor critical incidents involving people with developmental disabilities.
As Alaska’s senior population booms, leading to the construction of hundreds of new assisted living home rooms, developers report surging demand — from seniors in state and Outside.
A proposal to more than double the monthly costs for most residents in Alaska Pioneer Homes met with stiff opposition during recent public testimony on the issue.
Haines Borough has the highest percentage of residents over 65 in Alaska. And later this month, they could have the highest percentage of gold medals, too.
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has suspended payments for some recipients of the state’s Senior Benefits Program due to a lack of funding.