health care

Dr. Charles David Hightower talks about his new business, Enhance Orthopedic Surgery, on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

New practice meets growing demand for orthopedic care

The demand for orthopedic care is high in Juneau.

 

Opinion: Innovations in newborn bloodspot screening save babies, improve lives

Newborn bloodspot screening is a successful public health tool that improves outcomes for children born with congenital health threats and has saved thousands of lives.… Continue reading

 

Solomon Dunlap cleans and makes up beds in the day surgery department as part of his internship at Bartlett Regional Hospital on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Soft skills, hard work: health care interns with disabilities learn the ropes of work life

> On a Friday at noon, the maze of hallways, staircases and corridors at Bartlett Regional Hospital is a hive of activity. Just getting around… Continue reading

 

Opinion: Alaska’s Congressional delegation joins Alzheimer’s fight

My name is Cindy Harris and I am a volunteer ambassador in Alaska for the Alzheimer’s Association. I am an advocate for individuals and families… Continue reading

Jordan Creek Center on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Fresh blood bank: Juneau to get permanent Blood Bank of Alaska office

Starting next January, blood donors in Juneau will have a permanent location to contribute to the Blood Bank of Alaska. BBA announced Tuesday that it’s… Continue reading

Jordan Creek Center on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Carole Shay, right, and Gwen Helms participate in a protest outside U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s office Monday, July 9, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska. Protesters rallied to urge Murkowski to vote against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. (AP Photo/Rachel D’Oro)

Health care campaign wants Alaskans to reach out to Sen. Murkowski about Supreme Court vote

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is in the spotlight in the ongoing national health care debate.

Carole Shay, right, and Gwen Helms participate in a protest outside U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s office Monday, July 9, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska. Protesters rallied to urge Murkowski to vote against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. (AP Photo/Rachel D’Oro)

Alaska Senate considers ways to limit Medicaid access

As the Alaska Senate considers new regulations for Alaskans receiving government-funded health care, state officials are warning that the changes will not save money. In… Continue reading

State officials warn Medicaid money will run out by month’s end

Alaska’s Medicaid health insurance program will run out of money as soon as the end of March, state officials are warning. Unless the Alaska Legislature… Continue reading

Senate advances bill to help team doctors

Team doctors visiting Alaska from the Lower 48 may still be able to legally treat their teams under a new bill approved 19-0 by the… Continue reading

Two healthcare ballot initiatives for 2018 have been canceled

A pair of health care ballot initiatives seeking a place in Alaska’s 2018 election are dead for now. On Monday, Healthcare for Alaska and Defend… Continue reading

The simple (Alaskan) guide to what happened in Congress this week

The Affordable Care Act is here to stay, and that’s in large part because of Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Alaska’s senior U.S. Senator cast one of… Continue reading

Murkowski rejects ‘quick’ fix for health care

Alaska’s senior U.S. Senator is calling for a “go-slow” approach to national health care reform. Murkowski visited Juneau on Thursday as part of Congress’ weeklong… Continue reading

Alaska Legislators try to put lid on ‘eye wars’

If you have a moment, Alaska’s eye surgeons would like your ears. On public radio and KINY-AM, they’re advertising their message. Part of it goes… Continue reading

Don Young may vote ‘no’ on replacing Obamacare

When the bill to replace Obamacare comes to his desk, Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, isn’t sure how he will vote. In a conference call with… Continue reading