Alaska Department of Administration
Administration >  Health Care Authority Feasibility Study

The following is a greeting given in one of the 20 indigenous languages recognized by the State of Alaska.

Ade’ ndadz dengit’a?
Language: Deg Xinag
Translation: "Hello, how are you?"

Upcoming Public Meetings

Initial studies demonstrated that a health care authority is a feasible concept and could lead to significant cost containment. The next steps of this process are to identify what conditions are necessary and sufficient for a successful health care authority. The state of Alaska is conducting additional actuarial and policy analyses to evaluate coverage groups (e.g., public employees, Medicaid participants, individual/small group subscribers) that potentially could be administered and/or supported by a health care authority. Simultaneously, the state of Alaska is evaluating potential governance structures for a health care authority.

The purpose of the meetings is to provide background information and receive public input regarding governance structure options if a health care authority were to be implemented in Alaska. As part of the August 9th meeting, the State will seek public input regarding options for a health care authority governance structure. The purpose of the August 30th meeting will be to present preliminary governance models and obtain public feedback regarding these preliminary models.

Key discussion items related to the governance structure include the following:

  • Legal status (e.g., alternative legal entity, state agency, state corporation, etc.)
  • Role and responsibilities of the health care authority
  • Role, responsibilities and composition of the health care authority board
  • Roles, responsibilities and composition of supporting advisory boards/committees
  • Operational structure (e.g., executive management, organization)

Due to unavoidable scheduling conflicts the public meeting will be postponed until further notice.