American Lung Association Releases New Report

Jul 24, 2014
American Lung Associate

Smoking-related diseases cost Medicaid programs $833 million in taxpayer dollars per state in 2013. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the US and it costs the country up to $333 billion annually.  But one organization is trying to curb the amount of smokers in the country by focusing on the state level.  

The American Lung Associate released a new report that looks at the influence of the Affordable Care Act on smoking prevention.  The report takes a close look at each state and the way its health care system will help smokers quit. 

Alaska’s government ran into trouble with the system they use to process Medicaid claims.  Having been unable to work out the kinks with the manufacturer, they are now seeking a formal dispute resolution.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more. 

A White House study says Governor Parnell’s rejection of Medicaid expansion may have adverse consequences for the population.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more.

Alaskan Democrats Fight for Medicaid Expansion

Jun 10, 2014

The Legislative Research Services released a report stating 19.5% of Alaskans did not have health insurance between 2008 and 2012.  This report was requested by Senators Johnny Ellis and Bill Wielechowski, both Democrats, in response to Governor Parnell’s administration’s announcement that there wasn’t enough data to determine how many Alaskans are uninsured. 

Democrats Propose Legislation to Expand Medicaid

Jan 30, 2014
Alaska House Minority

Legislation was filed in Juneau Thursday to expand the Medicaid program in Alaska despite a decision last year by Alaska Governor Sean Parnell to not expand the program. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

A new report seems to indicate the decision by Alaska Governor Sean Parnell not to expand the Medicaid program in Alaska could have some negative impacts. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

U.S. Senator Mark Begich is asking Alaskans to add their name to an open letter to Alaska Governor Sean Parnell urging him to accept federal funding to expand the Medicaid eligibility requirements in Alaska. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Earlier this month Alaska Governor Sean Parnell decided against allowing a federally funded expansion of Medicaid in Alaska. Such an expansion could have allowed thousands of residents to participate in the program. As KDLG’s Mike Mason reports, the Governor’s decision is disappointing to the State Representative that represents much of the Bristol Bay region.

29 Charged for Medicaid Fraud

Jul 12, 2013

The State of Alaska is filing charges against 29 caregivers in Anchorage for Medicaid fraud.  The state says they committed over 350 thousand dollars of fraudulent billing at the cost of taxpayers. The vast majority was allegedly done by personal care attendants at Good Faith Services, an Anchorage based company that provides services like personal care, transportation, and care coordination to those receiving Medicaid funds.