Monthly Archives: May 2007

Governor Appoints Alaska Health Care Strategies Planning Council

Earlier this month Governor Sarah Palin announced the appointment of 14 Alaskans to the Alaska Health Care Strategies Planning Council. The Alaska Health Care Strategies Planning Council was created under Administrative Order 232 by Governor Sarah Palin on February 15, 2007.

The purpose of the council is to develop a statewide plan to identify short-term and long-term strategies to effectively address the issues of access to, and cost and quality of, health care for Alaskans. The council is to prepare and submit to the Governor and the Legislature, by January 1, 2008, a health care action plan. I wish them the best. In case you haven’t seen the list and details about the appointees to this important Planning Council, here they are: Read the rest of this entry

New Study: Children Without Health Insurance in Alaska

Highlights of the new study by FamiliesUSA on Alaskan children without health insurance…

Reauthorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) is likely to be the most important health care issue addressed on Capitol Hill this year. The highly successful program, which started in 1997, provides health coverage to millions of low-income children with family incomes that are too high to qualify for Medicaid but not high enough to purchase other forms of health insurance. The program’s original 10-year authorization period expires on September 30, 2007. Congress must therefore pass reauthorizing legislation within the next several months. Read the rest of this entry

"Mandatory Universal Health Care" for Alaskans

SB 160 was introduced April 23, 2007 as “Mandatory Universal Health Care.” The bill is cosponsored by Senators Hollis French, D-Anchorage, Johnny Ellis, D-Anchorage, and Senator Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage. Here is what Hollis has to say about the bill: Read the rest of this entry