Archive for the ‘Health Care’ Category

Alaska options for health care reform and administrative improvements to the Affordable Care Act

By Roger Stark, MD, FACS, Alaska Policy Forum Visiting Scholar and WPC Health Care Policy Analyst Patients are the most important part of the health care system and they should be in charge of their own health care. There is nothing inherently different about health care as a service than any other...
February 26th, 2018 | Health Care | Read More

Join us for this Anchorage Health Policy Event!

February 8th, 2018 | Health Care, Medicare/Medicaid, Recent News | Read More

Will Alaska be Swallowed by Health Care Costs?

Some good questions were asked this week by state legislators about Alaska’s ballooning health care budget. On Wednesday, January 19 in the Senate Finance Committee meeting, Governor Walker’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget Pat Pitney presented the FY2019 Budget Overview. The budget...
January 19th, 2018 | Fiscal Policy, Health Care, Medicare/Medicaid, Recent News | Read More

Alaska Keeps Missing Important Deadlines . . . Stalling?

In 2016 in an attempt to bring down costs and improve care, the Alaska Legislature passed Senate Bill 74, which contained a multitude of Medicaid reform measures such as fraud-waste-and-abuse reduction, managed care and telemedicine. Medicaid costs are a huge and ever-growing chunk of the Alaska budget.                     The...
December 26th, 2017 | Health Care, Medicare/Medicaid | Read More

Free Market Health Care?

We have written before about Direct Primary Care but a new video does a good job of explaining it and showing how this free-market movement is shaking up health care: Check out the video:
October 27th, 2017 | Health Care, Recent News | Read More

Open Letter to Senator Murkowski on Obamacare Repeal & Replace

Honorable Lisa Murkowski                                                                    24 July, 2017 United States Senate Dear Senator Murkowski, I want to thank you for serving the people of Alaska.  However, I am very concerned...
July 26th, 2017 | Health Care, National Health Care Reform Legislation, Recent News | Read More

Direct Primary Care: The Hidden Nugget in the Affordable Care Act

Anyone remember Marcus Welby, MD? Think about your most recent visit to your health care provider. Does visiting your doctor seem more like a factory production line than the type of relationship that Dr. Welby had with his patients? Well, Dr. Welby is making a comeback. And this time he also has an...
October 30th, 2015 | Health Care, Recent News | Read More

Alaska’s Current Medicaid Program Fraught With Waste and May Take Your PFD to Fix it

It’s just money so why should we worry?  In case you haven’t seen it, the sworn affidavit of Margaret Brodie, program director of Medicaid in Alaska’s DHSS, has astounding facts regarding the broken current Medicaid system.  For those who believe this is a partisan problem, most of...
July 30th, 2015 | Health Care, Medicare/Medicaid | Read More

Medicaid Expansion Hurts Medicare Seniors and Tricare Families

This is a reprint of an article we posted on April 14, 2015. An open Letter to Governor Walker and Alaska State Legislators Of all the issues surrounding Medicaid expansion, fairness to Alaska’s senior and veteran populations should be the highest priority. The expansion of Medicaid will have a...
June 29th, 2015 | Health Care, Medicare/Medicaid | Read More

What is the Impact of Medicaid Expansion on Alaska?

In November 2013, Governor Parnell decided not to expand Medicaid to cover able-bodied, childless working age adults, a population which has never been covered before under the Medicaid program. Alaska already spends about $1.5 billion to cover nearly 140,000 Alaskans. If Medicaid were expanded, an additional...
October 29th, 2014 | Health Care | Read More

The Non-apology for Political Cover

An op-ed by Dr. Thomas J. Hendrix, PhD, RN The Healthcare exchanges opened for business at the beginning of October and the roll out has been a disaster. In fact, the website has hardly functioned at all and millions of Americans have now begun to receive their cancellation notices from insurance carriers...
November 18th, 2013 | Health Care, Recent News | Read More

Union Leaders Upset Over Obamacare

Union leadership strongly supported the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 without reading the bill, as did many Congressmen. Now the law of unintended consequences is coming into play and some union leaders are screaming “foul”. It seems as if the health care benefits of their members...
July 16th, 2013 | Health Care, National Health Care Reform Legislation, Recent News | Read More

Give Employees the Right to Choose Health Insurance

Because health insurance costs are increasing dramatically, some employers are switching from a plan that covers all employees for a specified cost to a cafeteria-type plan in which the employee chooses a particular plan that fits their needs. The average annual family health insurance plan costs an...
November 27th, 2012 | Health Care | Read More

Military Health Care Under the Knife

It would seem as if the overall intent of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is to eventually morph into a single payer government health insurance program. This can be largely accomplished by rendering three major health care programs unsustainable and by significantly lowering participation by medical...
October 25th, 2012 | Health Care | Read More

Health Savings Accounts Empower People

Alaska seems to be a predictor of health care in the future under the Affordable Care Act. We have a very limited market for healthcare, limits on accessibility, limits on number of providers and a generally small market overall. As we know, this leads to many difficulties: few primary care physicians...
October 9th, 2012 | Health Care | Read More

Parnell’s rejection of a state exchange

It’s always important to give praise where praise is due, and Governor Parnell deserves praise for making a right call on Exchanges. If you haven’t been following this issue, here’s the quick version: The proponents of Obamacare needed a way to force businesses to offer health insurance coverage...
August 1st, 2012 | Fiscal Policy, Health Care | Read More