Lobbyist Corner

 

 

Summer is over and the November 3 General Election is around the corner. A little over two months later, on January 19, the 32nd Alaska Legislature will convene their first regular session in Alaska’s Capital City, Juneau.

Once again, the budget and the forecasted budget deficit is expected to dominate the debate and continue to be the focus of the legislature and administration. While many disagree with the exact budget numbers a status quo operating budget with a minimal capital budget and full statutory permanent fund dividend will produce a deficit in the $2.3 billion range. A budget that eliminates a PFD would bring the deficit down to around $350 million. While there will be many budget priorities debated health care and specifically health care costs will continue to be a part of the debate. The costs of Medicaid, state employee and retiree health care will be part of the debate. Your Alaska State Medical Association (ASMA) will be there, engaged with policy makers, to protect your patients and the health care interests of all Alaskans.  

In addition to the budget the Alaska State Medical Association will be working with our elected officials on health care policy including: ensuring vaccines are accessible, protecting investments to WWAMI, issues around the prescription drug database, the creation of an all payor claims database, and ensuring providers’ scope of practice continue to protect the health care of Alaska patients.   

Additionally, ASMA will continue the ongoing work with the State to be a resource for developing policies around COVID 19, including, hopefully, ensuring efficient dissemination and affordable access to COVID vaccinations once approved.

Please take the time as a leader in your community to engage with candidates during the campaign and our elected officials thereafter. It is critical that your Alaska State Medical Association has your support in advocating for health care policies that protect your patients.

 

Link to Alaska State Legislature with bill search: http://w3.akleg.gov/index.php

 

 

 

 

ALPAC ~ Alaska Medical Political Action Committee

As part of the Alaska State Medical Association’s ongoing effort to influence healthcare legislation and regulation, ASMA formed the Alaska Political Action Committee (ALPAC) in 2001.  The mission of ALPAC is to help elect state representatives that support organized medicine and the independence of the physician/patient relationship.

If you would like to support our PAC please download the form below and return it to us.  We can accept check or credit card, no cash.  All monies must come from a personal account not associated with your business.  The annual donation limit is $500, individually.  If you and your spouse would like to donate via check please make sure that the signatures on the checks represent each spouse individually.  If you have any questions regarding this process please contact the ALPAC Coordinator and ASMA's Office Manager, Cassie Jeanes via email: cjeanes@asmadocs.org

Additionally, all credit card donations are subject to credit card processing fees, should you choose to donate please consider via check so the ALPAC can make full use of the funds. 

ALPAC Donation Form
(Microsoft Word Document)