REPRESENTATIVE IVY SPOHNHOLZ

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Sponsor    Statement

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

HB 29 will enhance access to healthcare services, primarily mental health and primary care, for Alaskans who have insurance plans regulated by the state of Alaska. HB 29 does this by allowing providers who contract with insurers regulated by the state of Alaska to reimburse for services delivered through telehealth. Healthcare services are currently being delivered through telehealth all over the country, and Alaska is at the forefront of providing telehealth services for urban, rural, aging, and the underserved communities across the state, primarily through Medicaid and tribal health care.

Some of the advantages of telehealth include:

Better access and privacy in rural, remote, and urban areas of Alaska.

Early intervention which can lead to savings.

Greater access for referrals to providers who specialize in treating specific health issues.

Better, and potentially quicker, access means a potential reduction in suicides, domestic violence and other serious events.

Zero impact on state budget.

Reduces the need for expensive medical travel.

Under HB 29, telehealth benefits for covered healthcare services, including mental health benefits, will be reimbursable for health care providers licensed in the state without an initial inperson appointment. Depending on the patient’s needs, a telehealth appointment can provide education, reviewing of prescriptions and checking symptoms, all at a distance on a secure system.

Expanding access to healthcare delivered through telehealth will help to address some of Alaska’s unique challenges due to our large geography, rural and aging communities, and statewide addiction epidemic. Telehealth can help Alaska improve access to healthcare, improve clinical outcomes and reduce health care costs.


 
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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