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AUG. 8: MEDICAID 1115 COVERAGE AND PAYMENT REGULATION CHANGES

The Department of Health & Social Services proposes to make permanent regulation changes made by emergency regulation on Medicaid coverage and payment related to behavioral health services, 1115 waiver services.

On June 28, 2019, the Department of Health & Social Services adopted, as an emergency regulation, changes in Title 7 of the Alaska Administrative Code dealing with Medicaid coverage and payment related to 1115 waiver services, including the following:

  • 7 AAC is proposed to be changed as follows: Add two new chapters, 7 AAC 136. Behavioral Health 1115 Demonstration Waiver, and 7 AAC 138. Substance Use Disorder Waiver Services.

The emergency regulation takes effect on July 1, 2019, and will expire October 28, 2019. The Department of Health & Social Services intends to make the emergency regulation permanent.

You may comment on the regulation changes, including the potential costs to private persons of complying with the changes, by submitting written comments to Mr. Rick Calcote, State of Alaska, Division of Behavioral Health, 3601 C Street, Suite 878, Anchorage, AK 99503. Additionally, the Department of Health & Social Services will accept comments by electronic mail at rick.calcote@alaska.gov . The comments must be received not later than 5 p.m. on August 8, 2019.

You may submit written questions relevant to the proposed action to Mr. Rick Calcote, by electronic mail at rick.calcote@alaska.gov or at the State of Alaska, Department of Health & Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health, at 3601 C Street, Suite 878, Anchorage, AK 99503. The questions must be received at least 10 days before the end of the public comment period. The Department of Health & Social Services will aggregate its response to substantially similar questions and make the questions and responses available on the Alaska Online Public Notice System. The Department of Health & Social Services may, but is not required to, answer written questions received after the 10-day cut-off date and before the end of the comment period.


AUG. 8 – MEDICAID COST CONTAINMENT REGULATION CHANGES

The Department of Health & Social Services proposes to make permanent regulation changes made by emergency regulation on Medicaid cost containment.

On June 28, 2019, the Department of Health & Social Services adopted, as an emergency regulation, changes in Title 7 of the Alaska Administrative Code dealing with Medicaid cost containment measures related to rates for Medicaid services, including the following:

    • 7 AAC 145. Medicaid Payment Rates, is proposed to be changed as follows: (1) freeze inflation for non-primary care professional services, home and community-based waiver and personal care services, community behavioral health services, and targeted case management services; and (2) reduce reimbursement rates for non-primary case professional services, personal care services, community behavioral health services, applied behavioral analysis services, and transportation & accommodation services.

The emergency regulation takes effect on July 1, 2019, and will expire October 28, 2019. The Department of Health & Social Services intends to make the emergency regulation permanent.

You may comment on the regulation changes, including the potential costs to private persons of complying with the changes, by submitting written comments to Ms. Jamie Walker, Office of Rate Review, at 3601 C Street, Suite 978, Anchorage, AK 99503. Additionally, the Department of Health & Social Services will accept comments by electronic mail at jamie.walker@alaska.gov. The comments must be received not later than 5 p.m. on August 8, 2019.

You may submit written questions relevant to the proposed action to Ms. Jamie Walker, by electronic mail at jamie.walker@alaska.gov or at the State of Alaska, Department of Health & Social Services, Office of Rate Review, at 3601 C Street, Suite 978, Anchorage, AK 99503. The questions must be received at least 10 days before the end of the public comment period. The Department of Health & Social Services will aggregate its response to substantially similar questions and make the questions and responses available on the Alaska Online Public Notice System. The Department of Health & Social Services may, but is not required to, answer written questions received after the 10-day cut-off date and before the end of the comment period.


TAX FORECLOSURE SALE – FAIRBANKS 

The 2019 Tax Foreclosure Sale for properties with 2016 and prior year delinquent taxes is scheduled for Monday, August 19, 2019. Completed sealed bids must be received not later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 19th, 2019.

Visit http://fnsb.us/fs/Pages/Tax-Foreclosure-Page.aspx for complete 2019 Tax Foreclosure Sale Information. Questions may be directed to FNSB Tax Foreclosure Office at 907-459-1240.


AUG. 19 – WARD COVE CRUISE SHIP DOCK

The project purpose is to construct a dock that accommodates larger cruise ships and their passengers outside of downtown Ketchikan. This project is needed to improve safe transit through Tongass Narrows, provide safe harbor for large cruise ships, and relieve existing and future vessel, pedestrian, and vehicle congestion in the Port of Ketchikan and downtown Ketchikan. Work being proposed includes construction of a new 500-foot x 70-foot floating pontoon dock in Ward Cove with a trestle that includes a driving lane and walkway for easy access to shore. The project site is located within sections 33-34, T. 74 S., R. 90 E., Copper River Meridian; USGS Quad Map Ketchikan B-6; Latitude 55.4037º N., Longitude 131.7316º W.; Alaska Tidelands Survey 1010 Parcel # 313230006000ATS1, approximately five miles north of downtown Ketchikan, off the North Tongass Highway; in Ketchikan, Alaska. Please contact Estrella Campellone at (907) 753-2518, toll free from within Alaska at (800) 478-2712, by fax at (907) 753-5567, or by email at: Estrella.f.campellone@usace.army.mil if further information is desired concerning this notice.


SEPT 27: HEALTH CARE PRICE TRANSPARENCY

The Department of Health and Social Services proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 7 of the Alaska Administrative Code, dealing with health care services price transparency, including the following:

  • A new chapter, 7 AAC 86. Health Care Services Price Transparency, is proposed to clarify AS 18.23.400. Disclosure and reporting of health care services, price, and fee information, including:
    • The method a health care provider and health care facility must comply with to
      • Report the price of health care services;
      • Post the price of health care services;
      • Provide a good faith estimate; and
    • The method the department will use to enforce the law.

You may comment on the proposed regulation changes, including the potential costs to private persons of complying with the proposed changes, by submitting written comments to the Department of Health & Social Services, Division of Public Health, Health Analytics & Vital Records, P.O. Box 110675, Juneau, Alaska 99801. Additionally, the Department of Health & Social Services will accept comments by facsimile at (907) 465-3423 and by electronic mail at clint.farr@alaska.gov . The comments must be received not later than 5 p.m. on September 27, 2019.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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