|The 26th Alaska State Legislature, 2009 - 2010|
Keller to Launch Review of National Healthcare Impact
|House Health & Social Services Co-Chair gravely concerned|
Posted: March 23, 2010
(Juneau) - The House Health & Social Services Committee will hold a meeting to examine the impact of recently enacted federal healthcare legislation on Alaska. The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 30 at 11:45 a.m. in the Fahrenkamp and Butrovich Committee Rooms, Capitol Rooms 203 and 205.
It is ironic that 143 years ago, almost to the day of Seward’s Day, we remember the beginnings of federal government control over Alaska. This healthcare reform seems to be part of a progressive decline of state sovereignty.
Co-Chair Rep. Wes Keller, R-Wasilla, began circulating a letter this week amongst members of the legislature concerning the enactment of national healthcare reform. The President signed the bill today. The letter, addressed to the governor, urges initiating a discussion on the bill and what effects the new law will have on state programs. Keller and other signers wrote “the Act has immediate ramifications on bills and policy currently under consideration in the legislature,” including Denali KidCare, Medicaid reimbursement rates and waivers, health insurance mandates, the future of the Alaska Healthcare Commission, workforce development, trauma care and mental health coverage.
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