Monthly Archives: June 2007


On June 18, 2007, the Department of Health and Social Services adopted, as emergency regulations, changes in Title 7, Chapter 47 of the Alaska Administrative Code, dealing with senior benefit assistance payments, including the following:7 AAC 47.575 ─ 7 AAC 47.590, SENIOR BENEFIT PROGRAM, is a new article that defines the senior benefit program including purpose, eligibility, limits, drug benefits, residency, hearing, recoupment, and definitions. The emergency regulations took effect June 18, 2007 and will expire on October 15, 2007. The Department of Health and Social Services does not intend to make the emergency regulations permanent. Read the rest of this entry

State Child Health Insurance Program: The End is Near

The State Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), the federal program that provides health insurance to children whose families can’t afford private coverage, ends it’s original ten year run on September 30, 2007. This has important implications for Alaskans because this funding is central to Denali KidCare’s ability to provide health insurance to the children of low-income working families. Read the rest of this entry

Innovative State Policies: How Would They Fare in Alaska?

Yes, it is an odd name–The Drum Major Institute for Public Policy–but the organization features some very innovative ideas. DMI describes itself in this way:

The Drum Major Institute for Public Policy is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to challenging the tired orthodoxies of both the right and the left. The goal: progressive public policy for social and economic fairness.

Currently, DMI is focusing on several innovative state programs that could provide very interesting models for Alaska. Read the rest of this entry