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Alaska Telehealth Bill Would Allow Phone, Online Prescribing Visits

Joseph Conn | Modern Healthcare | May 7, 2014

Alaska may soon allow physicians to write prescriptions for many medications without an initial face-to-face encounter between the prescriber and the patient. A bill to allow the remote prescribing process passed on the final day of the state legislative session April 25 and is awaiting the signature of Alaska Republican Gov. Sean Parnell...

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Alaska: The Only State to Decline Federal HIX Funding

Eric Wicklund | Government Health IT | March 9, 2012

...Alaska, behind Republican Gov. Sean Parnell, is one of the more adamant opponents to President Barack Obama’s healthcare insurance exchange mandate – it’s the only state to not even apply for a $1 million federal grant to help develop state exchanges. Read More »

Feds To Alaskans: No Road For Humans, Lots Of Land For Animals

Barnini Chakraborty | Fox News | February 26, 2014

In one of Alaska's most remote outposts, where a thousand hardy souls make their homes, the Obama administration has put the fate of birds and bears above the lives of people, blocking construction of an 11-mile gravel trail connecting a tiny fishing hamlet to a life-saving airport. Read More »

HHS Ventures Team Helps Detect Disease Outbreaks

It was a no brainer for the HHS Ventures Fund to include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) GHOST project in its latest round of funding. There are about 3.5 million Americans infected with Hepatitis C (HCV), which attacks the liver and can lead to cirrhosis and other serious health problems, according to the latest data collected by the CDC. This CDC Ventures team is developing a cloud-based, public health research tool to help state and local health departments more quickly detect and fight the spread of disease. The team calls their system GHOST – Global Hepatitis Outbreak Surveillance Technology...

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Rep. Young Supports Military Construction And VA Appropriations Bill Aimed At Reducing VA Backlog

Press Release | Don Young | June 4, 2013

Alaskan Congressman Don Young today voted in support of H.R. 2216, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act which passed the U.S. House of Representatives 421 – 4... Read More »

VA Ramps up Mental Health Care: Alaska Staff Has Been Working to Improve Access

Alex Spector | | June 17, 2012

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki often reminds us: as the tide of war recedes we have the opportunity, and the responsibility, to anticipate the needs of returning veterans. As these newest veterans return home, we must ensure that they have access to quality mental health care in order to successfully make this transition to civilian life.

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VA Will Use $983K Grant To Expand Telehealth To Vets

Gienna Shaw | FierceHealthIT | September 14, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs continues its efforts to expand access to care for veterans using technology--including telehealth--this time through a collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Read More »

VA, HHS Team Up On Telehealth

Mike Miliard | Government Health IT | September 13, 2012

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki have announced a joint effort to expand care delivery to veterans living in rural areas. Read More »

Veterans Could Receive Care at Native Clinics

Staff Writer | The Tundra Drums | May 14, 2012

An agreement that could allow rural Alaska veterans to receive healthcare benefits at Native health clinics for the first time was commended last week by Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich. Read More »

Veterans In Rural Areas To Get Expanded Access To Health Care

Press Release | Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) | September 12, 2012

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Eric K. Shinseki today announced a joint effort to expand health care delivery to veterans living in rural areas. Read More »

What’s Next for Health Care? Confused Congress Should Look to Indian Country

Mark Trahant | Yes! Magazine | July 28, 2017

Senate Republicans campaigned against Obamacare for seven years. Yet there was never an alternative that had support from a majority of their own party. The problem is simple: Many (not all) Republicans see health care programs that help people—the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, etc.—as welfare. Others look at the evidence and see these programs that are effective: insuring people, creating jobs, supporting a rural economy, and actually resulting in better health outcomes. Evidence-based success stories...

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