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Attorneys General Reach Settlement with Amgen Concerning Illegal Marketing of Medications

Health and WellnessConsumer Alert: The Attorneys General of 49 states have reached a settlement with Amgen Inc. to resolve allegations that Amgen unlawfully promoted medications Aranesp and Enbrel. Aranesp is used to treat certain types of anemia. Enbrel is used to treat a number of conditions, including plaque psoriasis.

The Attorneys General alleged that Amgen violated state consumer protection laws by: (1) promoting Aranesp for dosing frequencies without the Federal Drug Administration’s approval or sufficient scientific evidence to support the levels; (2) promoting Aranesp for anemia caused by cancer without having FDA approval or sufficient scientific evidence to support the claim; and (3) promoting Enbrel for mild plaque psoriasis even though the FDA had approved Enbrel to treat chronic moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Medicaid expansion in Alaska

Health and WellnessThe State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services has posted a "Frequently Asked Questions on Medicaid expansion in Alaska" which may be viewed here: http://dhss.alaska.gov/HealthyAlaska/...ionFAQ.pdf
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Excavation Training Safety Workshop Available in Anchorage

Health and WellnessThe Department of Labor and Workforce Development encourages Alaskans working in excavations to consider participating in an upcoming safety workshop. Workers can be seriously injured or killed by collapses and falling materials while working in excavations. However, hazards associated with excavation and trenching are preventable.

The Occupational Safety and Health Consultation and Training Section will host excavation training on Wednesday, August 19th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Professional Engineer Torsten Mayberger, Senior Geotechnical Engineer of P|N|D Engineers, will be the guest trainer. He will discuss soil classification and slope stability failure, and demonstrate why it is essential to inspect the excavation site at the start of each shift, due to the inherent dangers of trenching work. AKOSH consultants will also discuss the excavation standard established in 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P.

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Alaska Awards More Than $300,000 in Clean Water Actions Grants

Health and WellnessA wide range of organizations are the recipients of $304,020 in Alaska Clean Water Actions (ACWA) grants in the summer of 2015. The ACWA partnership between the Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Fish and Game, and Natural Resources awarded 17 grants to assist the State in achieving its clean water goals. The grants focus efforts on waters in greatest need of protection and restoration.

"This grant program allows us to direct federal funds to important clean water projects throughout the State of Alaska," said Michelle Hale, Director of DEC's Division of Water. "Many of the projects awarded augment work being done by other federal, state, and local entities. For example, the Fairbanks Complete Street Construction project is taking advantage of the City of Fairbanks’s Complete Streets Cushman Street upgrade to implement green infrastructure applications.”

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Next Steps on Medicaid Expansion Announced

Health and WellnessJuly 16, 2015 ANCHORAGE—Governor Bill Walker sent a letter to the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee today, giving members the required 45-day notice of his intention to accept additional federal and Mental Health Trust Fund Authority money to expand Medicaid in Alaska.

Governors and legislatures in 29 states plus the District of Columbia have already made the decision to accept Medicaid expansion. Ten Republican governors have approved Medicaid expansion. Republican legislatures in five states have approved Medicaid expansion.

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Increased heroin use in Alaska leads to more deaths and hospitalizations

Health and WellnessDeaths associated with heroin use in Alaska more than tripled from 2008–2013 and inpatient hospitalizations doubled over the same time period, according to an Epidemiology Bulletin release by the Department of Health and Social Services today.

"The drastic increase in opioid pain reliever use over the past two decades has created ‘opioid hunger,’” said Jay Butler, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for the Department of Health and Social Services. “Combined with the influx of cheap and available heroin, this has created a perfect storm of heroin addiction and deaths."


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Governor Lauds Landmark ACA Decision

Health and WellnessJune 25, 2015 ANCHORAGE — Today, in a 6-to-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in favor of the defendant in the case of King v. Burwell. The court ruled that federal subsidies are legal in states like Alaska that did not establish state-based health insurance exchanges under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“We are pleased so many of our friends, family and neighbors will be able to continue to receive health care,” said Governor Bill Walker. “Now it’s important that we continue to work toward Medicaid expansion, so more Alaskans can receive the health coverage they need.”
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Medicare video conference at the Big Lake Public Library on July 7, 2015

Health and WellnessThere will be a Medicare video conference at the Big Lake Public Library on July 7, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. If interested please attend, if you know of anyone that might be interested in Medicare in Alaska have them attend.

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Measles case confirmed in Fairbanks

Health and WellnessFAIRBANKS —On June 9, Alaska’s first measles case in more than a decade, was confirmed in Fairbanks. An adult with recent travel to central Asia developed a rash several days after arriving in Fairbanks, Alaska, on May 31. Laboratory testing for measles RNA virus was positive on June 9. Non-immune persons who were in close proximity to the infected person may be at risk of developing measles. “There is potential for wider community exposure, putting non-immune persons at risk for infection,” said Dr. Joe McLaughlin, Chief, Alaska Section of Epidemiology. "It is important for Fairbanks residents to review their and their children's measles vaccination status and make sure they are up-to-date."

The infected person might have been infectious while in several locations in Fairbanks during May 31 through June 7. Federal officials will be contacting persons who may have been exposed on airlines outside of Alaska. The patient was on a flight to Fairbanks that originated in Seattle and did not transit in Anchorage.


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Governor Proclaims June as Safety Month in Alaska

Health and WellnessJUNEAU, Alaska—Governor Bill Walker has proclaimed June as Safety Month in Alaska in concert with the National Safety Council’s National Safety Month. The annual campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of safety to prevent tragic accidents that hurt Alaska families and businesses.

This year’s theme, “What I Live For,” encourages Alaskans to think about the most important aspects of our lives, and share stories with fellow Alaskans about why safety is so important to maintain our quality of life. Important topics such as transportation safety, prescription painkiller abuse, emergency preparedness, ergonomics, and slip, trip and fall prevention are significant concerns that demand our attention.

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Department of Health and Social Services operations to continue during potential government shutdown

Health and WellnessDue to the critical health and safety implications of the services that are provided, limited funding of the Department of Health and Social Services’ FY2016 budget was approved by Governor Walker. There will be no impact to the operations of DHSS in the event of a partial government shutdown. The department will continue to promote and protect the health and well-being of Alaskans.

While programs and operations will continue in the near term, an extended government shutdown could ultimately affect services provided by DHSS.
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Fall Prevention Awareness is May 4th - 15th

Health and WellnessANCHORAGE, Alaska—A nationwide effort to prevent falls in construction occupations is underway May 4th through 15th. Falls are a leading cause of deaths and serious injuries in construction and have consistently held the top spot as the most frequently cited Occupational Safety and Health violation. The fall prevention awareness effort is intended to focus attention on eliminating hazards to prevent workplace injuries. Construction companies are encouraged to talk with workers about how to prevent falls, take steps to ensure fall protection equipment is adequate, and to provide training for workers about how to recognize fall hazards and use equipment.

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State cautions against eating recreationally harvested shellfish from Alaska beaches

Health and WellnessANCHORAGE —A confirmed case of paralytic shellfish poisoning last week has prompted epidemiologists with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services to remind Alaskans and visitors about the risk of paralytic shellfish poisoning, or PSP, when consuming recreationally harvested Alaska shellfish. All shellfish—including clams, mussels, oysters, geoducks and scallops —can contain paralytic shellfish poison. Crabmeat is not known to contain the PSP toxin, but crab guts can contain unsafe levels of toxin and should be discarded. Commercially harvested shellfish are tested and considered safe.

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Gov. Walker Issues Bike Month Proclamation

Health and Wellness(JUNEAU, Alaska) – Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has proclaimed the month of May as Bike Month; May 6, 2015, as Bike to School Day; and May 11-15, 2015, as Bike to Work Week.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will join organizations throughout the state during May to support Bike Month events. Biking is an affordable, healthy form of transportation and a great way to get the 30-60 minutes of daily activity recommended for optimum health.

According to a 2014 Benchmarking Report from Alliance for Biking and Walking, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Alaska ranks sixth in the nation for percentage of adults who bike to work. In addition, Alaska has the third lowest rate of bicycle and pedestrian fatalities in the nation.

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Gov. Reiterates Call to Pass Medicaid Bill

Health and WellnessApril 24, 2015 JUNEAU—Governor Bill Walker today again called for legislators to pass Medicaid reform and expansion while they are in Juneau for an extended regular session. The Legislature is now in its fifth day beyond the statutory 90-day session.

“There is plenty of time to review and pass Medicaid reform and expansion legislation,” Governor Walker said. “I appreciate that Medicaid expansion and reform have been the subject of 26 separate hearings this session. Now, it’s time to act.”

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