Health Care Action Coalition
Commonwealth North has created an Health Care Action Coalition to address Alaska’s critical health needs. This group is chaired by Duane Heyman and Tom Nighswander.
Advocacy Coalitions provide continuity in support of recommendations from CWN studies. This program reaches the longer term goal of influencing public policy, in addition educating our members and the public.
This group meets periodically to track the activities and issues affecting major Health Care policy in Alaska. They keep the CWN Board apprised of new developments and the need for additional studies, recommendations, or other involvement by CWN to support the implementation of good public policy.
On November 17, 2017, Emily Ricci, Health Care Policy Administrator, and Mark Foster, Principal, Mark A. Foster and Associates, gave a presentation on the State's recent Health Care Authority Feasibility Study to reduce state health care costs by coordinating plans and consolidating purchasing effectiveness for state employees and others.
On March 15th, Andy Jones, Director of the Office of Substance Misuse and Addiction Prevention (DHSS) and Deputy Incident Commander for Governor Walkers Statewide Opioid Epidemic Response, expanded on his March 1st presentation to CWN and further discussed the State’s programs to address opioid addiction.
On March 15th, Alaska State Trooper Lt. Steve Adams updated the HCAC on statewide drug enforcement efforts and the Trooper's role in a multi-agency effort to combat the opioid epidemic.
On July 20th, 2018, Senator Cathy Giessel briefed the Fiscal Policy Study Group on the relationship between the healthcare sector and the Alaskan economy. She also discussed legislation that may help to reduce the cost of care.
On September 24th, 2015, Kathe Boucha gave a presentation to the Health Care Action Coalition about her global work developing nation-wide telemedicine projects in cooperation with USAID, the State Department, and Ministries of Health in foreign countries. Kathe is a board member of International Virtual e-Hospital.
On April 23rd, 2015, Dr. Jay Butler gave a presentation to the Health Care Action Coalition about his priorities as Chief Medical Officer, and Director of the Division of Public Health at Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.
On Thursday, January 15th, 2015, Chris Ashenbrenner, Medicaid Expansion Project Director and Monique Martin, Health Care Policy Advisor for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services gave a presentation to the Health Care Action Coalition about the State of Alaskas plan for Medicaid expansion.
Alaska Health Care Commission 2014 Annual Report. In this report the Commission presents a new set of recommendations for strengthening fraud and abuse prevention and detection in the States Medicaid program.