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Alaska doctors and dentists tell Gov. Dunleavy his budget will hurt patient care

A crowd of health care professionals pushed back against Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget Thursday night, telling him proposed cuts could devastate health care in Alaska and have life-threatening consequences.

Doctors, dentists and others, some wearing scrubs and doctor’s coats, packed the lobby of the Alaska Surgery Center in Anchorage, telling the governor he was making a bad choice by proposing to cut $100 million from Medicaid, which would leave a $300 million federal match on the table.

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Health insurance deductibles soar, leaving Americans with unaffordable bills

Soaring deductibles and medical bills are pushing millions of American families to the breaking point, fueling an affordability crisis that is pulling in middle-class households with health insurance as well as the poor and uninsured.

In the last 12 years, annual deductibles in job-based health plans have nearly quadrupled and now average more than $1,300.

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State delays enforcement of new health care price transparency law

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is delaying enforcement of a new law requiring hospitals and clinics to post the pre-insurance cost of their most common medical procedures.

In a public notice filed last week, the department wrote, “DHSS will not impose a penalty on any health care provider or health care facility for failure to comply (with the law) requiring price collection, posting, and reporting to DHSS, beginning January 1, 2019 and continuing until implementing regulations are in effect.”

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Legal weed is everywhere — unless you’re a scientist

Americans can legally buy high quality marijuana in most states, but when scientists want to study pot in a lab, they’re basically stuck with schwag.

A little-known research facility at the University of Mississippi is the only place in the country that is authorized to grow and test marijuana for medical research purposes. But this effort is stymied by a slow process for certifying scientists, a lack of funding and according to pot experts, an inferior product compared to what the booming cannabis sector has rolled out in recent years.

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US urges doctors to write more Rx for overdose antidote

The U.S. government told doctors Wednesday to consider prescribing medications that reverse overdoses to many more patients who take opioid painkillers in a move that could add more than $1 billion in health care costs.

Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir, a doctor appointed by President Donald Trump, announced the guidance, saying it’s important for doctors to discuss overdose dangers with patients.

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