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HRSA awards funds to Seward, Seldovia, PCHS

The Health Resources and Services Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will award $7.8 million to health centers across Alaska to expand services for patients.
Alaska poverty rate jumps to 11.2 percent in 2014

New census data shows that poverty has increased in Alaska, but it may not be as simple as the numbers make it look. Alaska's statewide poverty rate climbed in 2014 to 11.2 percent, a 1.3 percent increase from 2013, according to the U.S.
New community health center to open in Kenai

A new full-service community medical center is slated to open in Kenai.

WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Monday sided with an anti-abortion group in its challenge of a key birth control provision of the Obama administration's health care overhaul. The decision from U.S.
Op-ed: 50 years of Medicare and Medicaid

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law as an amendment to the Social Security Act. Most people who will become eligible for Medicare this year were in high school when this legislation was authorized.
Medicaid enrollment surges, stirs worry about state budgets

ATLANTA - More than a dozen states that opted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act have seen enrollments surge way beyond projections, raising concerns that the added costs will strain their budgets when federal aid is scaled back starting in two years.Some lawmakers warn the price of expanding the health care program for poor and lower-income Americans could mean less money available for other state services, including education.
Voices of Alaska: Buyer beware on Medicaid expansion

The Medicaid expansion described by Rep. Les Gara in his recent op-ed is a mythical creature that exists only in his dreams. To summarize the Anchorage representative: Medicaid expansion is free and won't cost Alaska a dime.
Borough set appropriate $3.2 million to outfit CPH clinics, state reverses course on equipment denial

A specialty clinic space at Central Peninsula Hospital will soon be outfitted with more than $3.2 million in equipment, including some that the state previously prohibited the hospital from buying.
Investigators at Alaska site of plane crash that killed 9

JUNEAU - A team of aviation investigators is now working in a remote, mountainous site in southeast Alaska to determine what caused the crash of a sightseeing plane that killed eight cruise ship passengers and the aircraft's pilot.
Federal health insurance aid in doubt for nearly 8 million

WASHINGTON - Nearly 8 million people could lose up to $24 billion a year in health insurance subsidies in a Supreme Court case threatening President Barack Obama's law, according to a government report released Tuesday.


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