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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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Rep Kawasaki End of Session Update

Legislature Adjourned on Sunday, May 12 at 1:55AM Big thanks to my staff this year for all their great work. Left to right: Jake Gerrish, William Jodwalis and Mercedes Colbert. You’ll see them in Fairbanks! The Legislative Session wrapped up and I am finally home for the summer! I am proud of the work the Alaska House Majority Coalition accomplished for the people of Alaska. We worked with the House Minority and the Senate to pass a budget that increases resources for public safety and education. I took a strong stand for the people of Alaska and voted against a billion-dollar bonding...

2018 Session Adjourns

Shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday, May 13th, the 30th Alaska Legislature adjourned. While I was not thrilled about everything that happened these past two years, I was glad to see us finish before the 120-day deadline with a fully-funded operating budget.

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.

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