Your Weekly Update from Juneau

On Tuesday, the House passed my bill on insurance coverage for telehealth with bipartisan support! House Bill 29 requires private insurers, primarily Premera, Aetna, Moda, and United Health, to cover health care services performed by providers licensed in Alaska and delivered via telehealth.

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Your Weekly Update from Juneau

The House Finance Committee has been hearing HB 49 for the last few days. This bill is designed to address some of the community concerns about crime and addresses issues including a lack of tools to fight drug crime, mandatory parole and pretrial release.

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Your Weekly Update from Juneau

The Department of Health & Social Services just announced that it is opening up the contract to administer API to competitive bid. This is an important first step to restoring public trust. This is now being done the way it should have been done in the first place.

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The Operating Budget and Commissioner Crum Confirmation hearing

On Thursday the House passed the FY20 Operating Budget. The House took a hard look at the budget this year–continuing work that has been done for years to reduce the budget.
Our FY19 operating budget is $838 million smaller (in real dollars) than it was in FY12. The FY20 budget we just passed was another ~$200 million smaller than last year’s.

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