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Legislature Addresses Medical Licensing, Regulation, and Family Therapy

Juneau – In a bipartisan effort to improve health care, the Alaska Legislature acted to streamline medical licensing and addressed regulatory issues in the medical field on the final day of session. House Bill 280, an extension for the Board of Marital and Family Therapy sponsored by Representative Andy Josephson (D—Anchorage), was amended to include portions Senate Bill 108 sponsored by Senator Giessel (R—Anchorage), which dealt with reforms requested by the state Medical Board.

Alaska Legislature Empowers Consumers with Health Care Price Transparency

Juneau – The Alaska Legislature reached a compromise on the last day of the legislative session to pass a health care price transparency measure originally put forward by Representative Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage). Senate Bill 105 was amended to include language previously passed by the Alaska House of Representatives in House Bill 123 to require health care providers and facilities to post health care price information in their public reception areas and online. Providers will also be required to provide that information to the State of Alaska, which will make it available on the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services’ website. The measure also allows patients to have the option of receiving a good faith estimate of nonemergency procedures and services upon request from health care insurers, providers, or facilities. The good faith estimate provision was modeled on an ordinance adopted in Anchorage last year.

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End of Session Update, Upcoming Neighborhood Events, and More

This past Sunday morning, after ten hours of being on the floor, the House adjourned after passing the FY19 operating budget, which prioritizes public safety, education, and includes a $1600 PFD. Aside from the budget there were several important bills that passed in the final days. More on those below. I’m looking forward to visiting with neighbors at upcoming community council meetings, picnics, and summer events.

Adjournment Sine Die

After 10 hours of being on the floor, at 1:48 am on Sunday morning, the House adjourned Sine Die. We passed out the final operating and capital budgets along with other bills that make for a better Alaska. The House added $28 million for Medicaid payments, $12 million to address substance abuse treatment and the nursing shortage at the Alaska Psychiatrist Institute. We also added a one-time increase of $20 million to k-12 education which is equivalent to a $78 base student allocation increase.

Rep. Matt Claman’s Alaska Matters: 30th Legislature Adjourns After Approval of Operating Budget

Early Sunday morning, the legislature adjourned after passage of the FY19 operating budget, which prioritizes public safety, public education, economic growth, and includes a $1,600 PFD. The FY19 state operating budget, House Bill 286, totals $6.27 billion in General Fund (GF) dollars (including Permanent Fund Dividends). This is about $1.87 billion less than FY15, or a 23% reduction. The budget incorporates...

2018 Session Wrap-Up from Rep. Bryce Edgmon

Dear Friends & Neighbors, For many years I have been grateful to work for House District 37 as your repre-sentative, and for the past two years it has been my honor to serves as the first ever Alaska Native Speaker of the House. During this time, the bi-partisan Alaska House Majority Coalition I lead has worked steadfastly on behalf of rural and urban Alas-kans alike.

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