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Is the Alaska Health Commission Purposely Creating Constitutionally Bad Regulations For Medicaid Coverage of Abortions?

Health Commissioner William Streur.

When questioned, the Department of Health could not provide any resources supporting the constitutionality of their Medicaid coverage changes.

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Is Alaska’s New Paperwork Rule for Medicaid Abortions Really Necessary?

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A state official claims the new paperwork for abortion coverage isn’t about redefining medically necessary abortions, just making sure the right entity pays for them.

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Is Alaska Trying to Sneak Through A Medicaid Mental Health Exception Ban?

Alaska Governor Sean Parnell. Al Grillo / The Associated Press

The state says its only ensuring that doctors verify Medicaid patients are following federal abortion payment rules.  But mental health seems to have suspiciously been left off as an acceptable reason for an abortion.

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Alaska Legislator Seeks to Shame and Coerce Women and Physicians with New Forms For Medicaid-Funded Abortions

Alaska Governor Sean Parnell. Associated Press.

After nearly 20 years, the anti-choice members of the Alaska legislature has made it clear that they trust physicians willing to give abortions about as much as they trust women willing to get them.

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What One Week on an Abortion Fund Hotline Taught Me About the Economics of Stigma

To say abortion is stigmatized in this country is to state the obvious. But we have a special brand of taboo that we foist atop even that stigma, which is the taboo of having someone else pay for a service you need – especially if it’s an abortion. Yet while abortion may be legal, but if you cannot afford it, it’s inaccessible.

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Murkowski Chides Party Over Repro Rights, But Voted For Blunt Amendment

Is the Alaskan senator trying to have it both ways?

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Governor of Alaska Denies Kids and Teens Health Care Because of His Fears of Abortion Funding

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A new proposal offers to expand income eligibilty for Denali care, but only for those too young to get pregnant.

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Alaska State Rep. Apologizes For “Permission Slip” Comment–Kinda, Sorta, Not Really

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It’s not that Rep. Dick thinks women having to get men to sign off on an abortion was a bad idea; he says he just didn’t “phrase it right.”

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