Rep. Geran Tarr Calls on Gov. Dunleavy to Direct DHSS to Amend State’s Medicaid Plan

Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) introduced two pieces of legislation that are part of a seven-part fiscal plan that she proposed on June 14, 2021. This legislation includes a modest increase of the minimum tax on oil and gas production from 4% to 6% and a 2% sales tax which exempts many essential items such as groceries, medication, feminine hygiene products, and heating oil.

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COVID-19 Three-Dose Vaccine Series for Immunocompromised Individuals Available Now

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is encouraging all Alaskans who are immunocompromised to follow a national recommendation to get a three-dose vaccine series now and is also closely following news about a federal plan to offer booster doses starting in late September to all Americans who are already fully vaccinated with an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) according to a press release issued today.

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Native Leaders Submit Ballot Initiative for State

This week, a non-partisan group of Alaskan Native leaders submitted a ballot measure application to Lieutenant Governor Kevin Meyer that would have the State acknowledge the 229 Federally-recognized Tribes of Alaska. The historic initiative would strengthen the government-to-government relationship between Tribes and the State to allow better coordination that will improve the lives of Alaskans.

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