REPRESENTATIVE IVY SPOHNHOLZ

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Sponsor    Statement

"An Act relating to a workforce enhancement program for health care professionals employed in the state; and providing for an effective date."

Health care is one of the largest and most dynamic industries in Alaska, yet many citizens, especially in rural areas, continue to experience challenges with accessing care. The availability of health care services is important for maintaining health, preventing and managing disease, and reducing costs from unnecessary emergency room visits, and hospital readmissions and temporary staffing. One reason access to care is limited, particularly in rural Alaska, is due to shortages of healthcare professionals. Health care sites struggle with recruiting and retaining health care professionals. Further, health care professionals have challenges with large student loan debt and high cost of living in rural and remote locations.

To meet the ongoing demand, Alaska must continue to address the shortage of health care professionals. HB 114 (SHARP-3) does this by establishing the Health Care Professionals Workforce Enhancement Program, a public-private partnership that will increase the number of providers while minimizing the use of state funds. Health care professionals agree to work for minimum of three years in Alaska in underserved areas in exchange for repayment of student loans or direct incentives. Employers will fully fund the program, taking advantage of a federal tax exemption available only to a state-run program.

The success of healthcare loan repayment and incentive programs in increasing the healthcare workforce in Alaska was demonstrated in SHARP-2. Between 2013 and 2015, SHARP-2 was successful in recruiting and/or retaining 83 clinicians statewide, with a majority of clinicians placed in locations off the road system and emphasizing care for rural and underserved populations. With the sunset of SHARP-2 on June 30, 2019, other healthcare practitioner incentive programs are needed to reduce healthcare workforce shortages throughout Alaska.

SHARP-3 builds on the success of SHARP-2 with new practice settings, new occupations, new employers, new locations, and new roles. Employers can hire much-needed staff, providers get assistance with their loan payments which makes it more affordable to work in a rural community, and Alaskans living in rural communities have improved access to health care--all without the use of state general funds.


 
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REPRESENTATIVE IVY SPOHNHOLZ

SPONSOR STATEMENTS from Alaska House Majority

"An Act relating to exemptions from mortgage loan originator licensing requirements; and providing for an effective date"

From the office of Representative Wilson


"An Act Relating to Claims Against Protection and Indemnity Insurance Policies of Vessel Owners"

From the office of Representative Ortiz


"An Act relating to residency requirements for public school enrollment for certain children of active duty military members"

From the office of Representative Josephson


"An Act relating to the transfer of the title to a vehicle, including certain manufactured homes and trailers, on the death of the owner; allowing a person to act for the surviving spouse of a decedent to make a demand of the personal representative of the decedent’s estate related to enforcing a liability against real property or an interest in real property transferred at death by a transfer on death deed; and providing for an effective date.”

From the office of Representative Spohnholz


"An Act relating to a workforce enhancement program for health care professionals employed in the state; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Spohnholz


From the office of Representative Tuck


HB 117 – Municipal regulation of trapping

From the office of Representative Josephson


"An Act Relating to Protective Orders"

From the office of Representative Kopp


Strategically strengthening our laws will reduce Alaska’s sky-high crime rate. This bill will improve public safety by stiffening criminal procedures.

From the office of Representative Josephson


"An Act relating to the Funter Bay marine park unit of the state park system; relating to protection of the social and historical significance of the Unangax cemetery located in Funter Bay and providing for the amendment of the management plan for the Funter Bay marine park unit; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Hannan


“An Act relating to sentencing for vehicle theft in the first degree.”

From the office of Representative Fields


"An Act relating to the Alaska Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; and relating to the sale of milk, milk products, raw milk, and raw milk products."

From the office of Representative Tarr


"An Act requiring law enforcement agencies to send sexual assault examination kits for testing within six months after collection; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Tarr


"An Act relating to insurance coverage for contraceptives and related services; and relating to medical assistance coverage for contraceptives and related services."

From the office of Representative Claman


Confining Vehicle Loads

From the office of Representative Tuck


“Toxic-Free Firefighters and Children Act”

From the office of Representative Tarr


“An Act relating to insurance coverage for benefits provided through telehealth; and providing for an effective date.”

From the office of Representative Spohnholz


House Bill 30: The Abigail Caudle Act

From the office of Representative Josephson


Shellfish Enhancement Projects; Hatcheries

From the office of Representative Ortiz


House Bill 44, "Automated Teller Machines: Fees"

From the office of Representative Ortiz


"Establishing May 15th as Hmong American Veterans Day"

From the office of Representative Tarr


"Military Work Experience"

From the office of Representative Story


"An Act establishing the month of February as Black History Month."

From the office of Representative Story


"An Act relating to the liability of an excavator for damaging an underground facility"

From the office of Representative Claman


House Bill 81: An Act prohibiting disposable shopping bags; and providing for an effective date

From the office of Representative Josephson


House Bill 82: Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression

From the office of Representative Josephson


Sponsor Statement for HB 86

From the office of Representative Fields


"An Act extending the liquefied natural gas storage facility tax credit; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Thompson


From the office of Representative Johnston


From the office of Representative Johnston


"An Act relating to temporary courtesy licenses for certain nonresident professionals; and relating to the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development."

From the office of Representative Tuck


House Bill 96

From the office of Representative Fields


From the office of Representative Edgmon


Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to the duration of regular sessions of the Legislature

From the office of Representative Claman


Constitutional Amendment: Permanent Fund; POMV; Dividend

From the office of Representative Tuck