In 2017, after hearing about the way that health care costs were bankrupting families, crowding out profits and wage growth in the private sector, and forcing state budgets upward, I introduced legislation to make the price of the most commonly provided health care services available to the public.Read more
Anchorage – On Friday, officials from the administration of Alaska Governor Bill Walker, health-policy advocate Dr. Alan Gross, and several patient-advocates joined Representative Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage) at the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center to highlight the importance of preserving protections for patients with pre-existing conditions.Read more
Anchorage – Federal protections for patients with preexisting health conditions have been recently threatened on multiple levels. A rollback of these protections would have serious negative impacts on the Alaska economy and limit access to medical care for more than a quarter of all Alaskans.
On Friday June 22nd, lawmakers, state government officials, medical professionals, and patients will hold a joint press conference to discuss what potential changes would mean for Alaska.
Speakers will be available to answer questions following initial presentations.
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Juneau – After a flurry of legislative action, the Alaska House of Representatives joined the Alaska Senate in adjourning the Second Session of the 30th Alaska Legislature sine die early Sunday morning. Members of the Alaska House Majority Coalition reflected on the legislative achievements of the session.Read more
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.Read more
Last year I started working on a bill I think most of us can relate to. We need to make a doctor appointment and we’re on a budget, and we find there’s no real way to find out how much the procedure will cost. I introduced HB 123 to require medical providers to post common services and their rates, in addition to providing a good faith estimate of the cost of the procedure.Read more
This week the House is considering the operating budget. We have been hearing amendments on the floor for the last two days and expect to vote on the final budget after they have all been considered. This year’s House FY19 budget of $4.5 billion in…Read more
I am sending this email quickly before I go back to the House Floor where HB 287 is being debated. I am so excited to cosponsor this bill with several of my colleagues. This is a very important education bill that will allow early funding for education. That means we will be able to fund schools separately from the operating budget, which really helps our students.Read more