Monthly Archives: December 2006

Justice in Alaska

UAA Justice Center

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the UAA Justice Center, housed in the College of Health and Social Welfare. The Center has produced a considerable amount of policy-related research over the years, most of which is available online. See, for example, the Justice Center Research web page, and the Justice Center Research Publications and Products web page. There is also the Alaska Justice Forum: Read the rest of this entry

Center for Policy Alternatives

The Center for Policy Alternatives accurately describes itself as:

…the nation’s only nonpartisan nonprofit organization working to strengthen the capacity of state legislators to lead and achieve progressive change.

The CPA website has a number of extremely useful elements on it. For example, the State Action Blog contains a running commentary about recent progressive legislation enacted at the state level throughout the nation. Read the rest of this entry

State Policy and Prescription Drug Prices

Are you interested in how the state of Alaska can help reduce the cost of prescription drugs to you and your family, fight misleading drug ads, and protect your medical records from commercial exploitation? Really, who would say “no”?  Visit the website of the National Legislative Association on Prescription Drug Prices (NLARX) for the details. Learn, for example, about Maine’s new legislation which… Read the rest of this entry

Medicare in Alaska and Drug Prices

Thank you Wikipedia for these fun facts about Medicare:

Medicare is a health insurance program administered by the United States government, covering people who are either age 65 and over, or who meet other special criteria. It was originally signed into law on July 30, 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson as amendments to Social Security legislation. At the bill-signing ceremony President Johnson enrolled former President Harry S. Truman as the first Medicare beneficiary and presented him with the first Medicare card.

Currently over 51,000 Alaskans are enrolled in Medicare. That’s about 8% of the state’s population, and the numbers in Alaska are about to soar as the boomers close in on 65 years of age. Here is some potentially good news for all of us–current Medicare beneficiaries, and those who will be in due time… Read the rest of this entry

Lets Make More Money by Selling More Medical Services!

There is a large advertisement in the December 4 issue of the Anchorage Daily News by Alaska Open Imaging Center. This advertisement, however, is not about the services provided by the imaging business, but rather it is a broad attack on the State of Alaska Certificate of Need Program.  Here is a brief description of the program that is being attacked…

The Certificate of Need (CON) program is a review process used to promote responsive health facility and service development, rational health planning, health care quality, access to health care, and health care cost containment. Project reviews help ensure that the public will be able to comment on the project during its development, that it fits well within the continuum of care, and that the project will meet the public need while preventing excessive, unnecessary, or duplicative development of facilities or services. Read the rest of this entry