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Alaska’s State Planning Grant to Identify Options for Expanding Coverage for Alaska's Uninsured

About the State Planning Grant

US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) “State Planning Grant” funds were awarded to Alaska for September 2005 – August 2006 with a no-cost extension granted through August 2007 for supporting in-depth studies of policy options (including costs and benefits, political ramifications, and results from other state’s initiatives) and research into who and what groups in the state are uninsured and why.

The project goals in Alaska were to do necessary data gathering to provide insight into the complexities of health insurance coverage, and to identify options for making affordable health insurance available to Alaskans currently uninsured. Collaboration with stakeholders and with partners within state government were considered critical to success. Related presentations include:

Activities include:

Projected results in relation to goals of the project include:

  • Statutory and regulatory changes that may be recommended.

  • Clearer picture of state of health insurance coverage, barriers, gaps, and perceptions (knowledge base for Medicaid program and state policy makers).

  • Baseline data for evaluation of strategies.

  • Increased awareness and consensus about potential solutions, strategies, models, agreed-upon principles for action and for decision-making.

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State Planning Grant Leadership Team
2005–2007

Anthony Lombardo, Deputy Commissioner
Department of Health & Social Services

Jay Butler, MD, Director
Division of Public Health, Department of Health & Social Services
(member as of November, 2006)

Richard Mandsager, Director
Division of Public Health, Department of Health & Social Services
(member through mid-October 2006)

Guy Bell, Assistant Commissioner
Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Jerry Fuller, Project Director
Department of Health & Social Services

Linda Hall, Director, Division of Insurance
Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development

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State Planning Grant Staff

Department of Health & Social Services

  • Pat Carr, Health Program Manager
  • Alice Rarig, Planner
  • Nancy Barros, Project Coordinator
  • Neal Gilbertsen, Research Analyst
  • Rebecca Wells, Public Health Specialist
  • Barbara Hale, Medical Assistance Administrator
  • Eric Peter, Health Program Associate

Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development

  • Katie Campbell, Actuary

Department of Labor & Workforce Development

  • Brynn Keith, Chief, Research & Analysis
  • Dean Rasmussen, Economist

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State Planning Grant Activities

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Data and Resources

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Forums and Events

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Partners

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Links

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