Lobbyist Corner

ASMA's full time Lobbyist, Kevin Jardell, is fundamental in assisting us with keeping tabs on all the pertinent bills coming through Alaska's legislative body.  Below is a summary of Bills and ASMA's stance on them for 2019.  The included link is a searchable archive to find the current renditions of all bills should you wish to learn more. 

Summary for Healthcare Bills ASMA followed in 2019

Bill

Short Title

Prime Sponsor(s)

ASMA’s POS

Current Status

HB 21

CONTRACEPTIVES COVERAGE:INSURE;MED ASSIST

REP CLAMAN

Support/*

(H) HSS then FIN

Insurance must cover prescription contraceptives, voluntary sterilization. Allow for 12-month prescriptions for contraceptives.

HB 29

INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR TELEHEALTH

REP SPOHNHOLZ

Support

(H) HSS then L&C

Insurer shall provide coverage for benefits provided through telehealth by a health care provider licensed in this state

HB 89

OPIOID PRESCRIPTION INFORMATION

REP SPOHNHOLZ

Neutral

(H) HSS then FIN

Bd must adopt regulations requiring a licensee to advise patients, using oral and written information, before prescribing an opioid, of potential dangers of opioid addiction, and alternatives to the opioid prescription the provider considers reasonable; the board may determine which classes of patients may be reasonably exempted from the information requirement and may allow an exemption from the requirement for violations the board considers to be unintentional, periodic accidental violations, and for good cause, including when a licensee needs to attend to the perceived immediate health care of another patient.

HB 91

NATUROPATHS: LICENSING; PRACTICE

REP JOHNSTON

Oppose

(H) L&C then FIN

Expands scope of practice: perform procedures using operative, electrical, or other methods, including the use of antiseptics and local anesthetics, for the surgical repair and care of superficial lacerations and abrasions, superficial lesions, and the removal of foreign bodies located in the superficial tissues of the human body; procedures may not include general or spinal anesthetics, major surgery, surgery of the body cavities, plastic surgery, surgery involving the eyes, or surgery involving tendons, ligaments, nerves, or blood vessels; and perform or order for diagnostic purposes a physical or orifical examination, ultrasound, phlebotomy, clinical laboratory test or examination, or physiological function test.
"naturopathic physical application" means the therapeutic use by a naturopath of the actions or devices of electrical muscle stimulation, galvanic treatment, diathermy, ultrasound, ultraviolet light, constitutional hydrotherapy, and naturopathic manipulative therapy. Additionally: Allows for prescribing drugs except for controlled substances and chemotherapeutic agents.

HB 92

DIRECT HEALTH: NOT INSUR; ADD TO MEDICAID

REP JOHNSTON

Support

(H) HSS then FIN

Removes direct care or concierge care from regulation as insurance - directs the state to seek approval for Medicaid or Medicare to pay for direct care.

HB 97

TELEHEALTH: PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS; DRUGS

REP KREISS-TOMKINS

Support

(H) HSS then L&C

SB 44

TELEHEALTH: PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS; DRUGS

SEN GIESSEL BY REQUEST

(S) FIN

Allows PA's to provide telehealth in the same manner as a physician except that the PA must still practice under a collaborative plan

HB 114

MEDICAL PROVIDER INCENTIVES/LOAN REPAYM'T

REP SPOHNHOLZ

Support

(H) HSS then FIN

SB 93

MEDICAL PROVIDER INCENTIVES/LOAN REPAYM'T

SENATOR WILSON

(S) HSS then FIN

Health care professionals agree to work in underserved area for 3 years and can receive loan repayment or incentives tax free. Private funded SHARP 3 program.

HB 17

REPEAL CERTIFICATE OF NEED PROGRAM

REP RAUSCHER

Neutral/*

(H) HSS then FIN

SB 1

REPEAL CERTIFICATE OF NEED PROGRAM

SEN WILSON

(S) HSS then FIN

Repeals Certificate of Need July 1 2024

SB 37

RENEWAL OF VACCINE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM

SEN GIESSEL

Support

(H) HSS then FIN

Renews State vaccine program

 

 

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

ALPAC Donation Form
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