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Health Care Authority Feasibility Study

Senate Bill 74 directs the Department of Administration to procure a study to determine the feasibility of creating a Health Care Authority (HCA) in Alaska.

The studies focus on identifying opportunities to coordinate plan administration and consolidate purchasing effectiveness for individuals whose health benefits are funded directly or indirectly by the state. This includes State of Alaska retirees and employees, state corporations, University of Alaska employees, school district employees, Medicaid recipients, and political subdivision employees.

The Department engaged several contractors in this effort:

  • PRM Consulting Group (PRM) – Focused on public employee and retiree health plans. Tasked with survey development, data collection, and analysis.
  • Pacific Health Policy Group (PHPG) – Focused on identifying opportunities to align or integrate the Medicaid program. Tasked with providing Medicaid technical assistance and analysis.
  • Mark A. Foster & Associates (MAFA) – Focused on Alaska market analysis. Tasked with providing peer review of analysis and developing purchasing strategies.

These reports address the statutory requirements outline in SB 74 and are intended to begin the conversation and engagement on the difficult discussions of what Alaskans see as the future for publicly funded health care. The opportunities and concepts outlined in the reports would require considerable change in the provision and financing of health benefits, but could also create considerable value. Extensive public discourse, stakeholder engagement, and full legislative buy-in will be required for the state to move forward with any of these recommendations.

During September 2017, the Department will host a series of webinars to provide an overview of the reports and have the contractors available to walk through their recommendations and findings. The recorded presentations will be posted after they are complete. A public review and comment period will begin September 1, 2017, and end November 13, 2017. Comments can be submitted in writing to AlaskaHCA@alaska.gov or mailed to 550 W 7th Avenue, Suite 1970, Anchorage, AK 99501, Attention: Department of Administration, Commissioner’s Office.

Webinar Schedule

 Webinar 1: PRM Report | Thursday, September 7, 2017 | 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
 Webinar 2: PHPG Report | Monday, September 11, 2017 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
 Webinar 3: MAFA Report | Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

In each webinar, the study team will:

  • Share an overview of findings in each of the four study reports
  • Introduce opportunities for public comment on the study findings and recommendations
  • Answer participant questions about the Health Care Authority Feasibility Study project and study findings

Please note: Participation in the webinars is encouraged, and there will be opportunities to ask questions during the event. However, the Department encourages all public comments to be submitted electronically or in writing, not during the webinars, as the webinar system is not the best tool for receiving formal comments.

Webinar support is provided by Agnew::Beck Consulting, who has been contracted by the Department to assist staff in collecting and summarizing public comments on the Alaska Health Care Authority Feasibility Study.

How to Participate

We will host the webinars via Adobe Connect, using the same link for each, there is no pre-registration: http://agnewbeck.adobeconnect.com/alaska-hcastudy-webinar/

Choose “log in as guest” and enter your name, organization If you have not used Adobe Connect before, test your connection here: agnewbeck.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm Participants will be able to ask questions of presenters in a chat window. A listen-only teleconference will be available if you are unable to listen through your computer’s audio system. Optional teleconference: 1 (855) 257-8693, participant code 199 9402 #
Unable to attend any of the series? We will post a recording of the webinar on this page.

Important Dates

 August 30, 2017 PRM, PHPG, MAFA reports released
 September 1, 2017 Public comment process opens
 September 2017 Webinars hosted (see webinar schedule above)
 November 13, 2017 Public comment process closes
 December 4, 2017 Report addendum released