health care

Surgeon general tours Dena’ina Wellness Center as part of statewide tour

The federal official tasked with providing health advice to the nation last week lauded the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s holistic approach to health care. In a… Continue reading

 

Dr. Jennifer Reed and Dr. Adam Hawkins with their rottweiler, Tank, who is training to be Reed’s service dog. (Photo courtesy of Puffin Chiropractic)

Shop Talk: Puffin Chiropractic

Jennifer Reed said she was never coming to Alaska. A Texas native, Reed couldn’t see herself quitting her job and moving 4,000 miles away from… Continue reading

 

Carole Shay, right, and Gwen Helms participate in a protest outside U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s office Monday, July 9, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska. Protesters rallied to urge Murkowski to vote against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. (AP Photo/Rachel D’Oro)

Health care campaign wants Alaskans to reach out to Sen. Murkowski about Supreme Court vote

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is in the spotlight in the ongoing national health care debate.

 

Health insurance continues adding to Kenai budget

The city of Kenai’s proposed fiscal 2019 budget includes no tax increases while it copes with rising employee health insurance costs and adds a human… Continue reading

Longtime Kenai doctor plans to retire

Editor's note: This article has been updated to show that Central Peninsula Hospital opened in 1971. Though the main room at Kenai Visitors and Cultural… Continue reading

State officials warn Medicaid money will run out by month’s end

Alaska’s Medicaid health insurance program will run out of money as soon as the end of March, state officials are warning. Unless the Alaska Legislature… Continue reading

Premera to invest $50 million in health initiatives in Alaska

Health insurer Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska is planning a multimillion-dollar investment into Alaska’s mental health and rural health care service. Premera is… Continue reading

State applies for Medicaid innovation project

The state is moving forward with a plan to reorganize Medicaid services for certain individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. The Alaska Department… Continue reading

Bill would extend reinsurance program

The state is looking to extend health care reinsurance program, which is set to expire this year. Senate Bill 165, currently before the Legislature and… Continue reading

Humphreys to lead state Medical Board

A Soldotna physician will step into the leading role on the Alaska Medical Board. Dr. Craig Humphreys, an orthopedic spine surgeon at Kenai Spine in… Continue reading

Longtime Kenai doctor sells practice to addiction medicine provider

A longtime Kenai doctor has sold his practice to a company operating clinics focused on medically assisted opioid treatment. Ideal Option, a Washington-based health care… Continue reading

Murkowski sees reason for optimism, though work remains to be done

The economy still isn’t great in Alaska, but there are reasons to be positive, according to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). The pendulum of oil and… Continue reading

Health care cost transparency rules gain advocates

Officials say they’ve seen benefits of a health care cost transparency ordinance passed by the Anchorage Assembly last February, and now Ketchikan is exploring a… Continue reading

Premera returns $25M to state reinsurance program

Alaska’s sole individual market health insurer says it has paid $25 million to the state as part of a reinsurance plan meant to stabilize the… Continue reading

Hope intentional community aims for January opening

At the end of a road tucked into the woods near Sterling, a group of adults with developmental disabilities will soon find a home. A… Continue reading

Report says 6 percent of patients account for $148M in ER spending

About 6,600 people in the state accounted for $148 million in hospital emergency department spending in 2016, or about 6 percent of total patients that… Continue reading

Alaska VA to expand, continue work on wait time issues

Leaders at Alaska’s veterans health care system are planning to expand the agency’s workforce in the state. The agency, which provides health care services to… Continue reading

Report says meth use up across state

Alongside the national conversation over the opioid epidemic, Alaskan health professionals are seeing a rise in methamphetamine use. A study released Tuesday by the Alaska… Continue reading

College revives Certified Nursing Assistant program

Kenai Peninsula College is once again offering Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) classes after struggling to meet the state’s Board of Nurses requirements for instructors. The… Continue reading

New urgent care clinic opens in Soldotna

Editor's note: This article has been edited to correct the spelling of Jeoff Lanfear's last name and to clarify that Urgent Care of Soldotna does… Continue reading