Policy Alerts

DHSS Lawsuit Settlement Information 

ASHNHA has reached a settlement agreement with the State of Alaska on our lawsuit regarding use of the emergency regulatory process to enact provider rate cuts.  As part of the agreement, all Medicaid providers may be eligible for a one time financial settlement representing the difference between current reimbursement for Medicaid services, and the amount you would have been paid had the emergency regulations not gone into effect for the first quarter of state FY20.  Depending on provider type, you could be eligible for a payment representing the 5% rate cut and a 1% inflationary adjustment on your Medicaid claims for July 1, 2019 – Sept. 30, 2019. For mental health clinician services, eligible dates for a claim are between July 1, 2019 and October 30, 2019.

To be eligible for this settlement, you must submit the form by Nov. 1, 2019 at 12 noon. ASHNHA members will submit the form to ASHNHA to email [email protected]. All other Medicaid providers will submit the form to [email protected].

The form must be completed for each Medicaid provider number that billed. Refer to  Exhibit B in the settlement document which lists all eligible and non-eligible providers. 

Below are the documents related to the settlement and the form that must be submitted.

FAQs Settlement State of Alaska – October 23, 2019  

Executed Settlement Agreement and Release  – October 1, 2019  

ASHNHA member reimbursement adjustment request – Submit to [email protected] (ASHNHA members only)

Non-ASHNHA member providers reimbursement adjustment request – Submit to [email protected] (non-ASHNHA members) 



Analysis of Federal Health Care Legislation 

ASHNHA has done an analysis of the impact of the proposed health care legislation in Alaska. 

Opinion: Debunking the myths of Medicaid expansion – Becky Hultberg, ASHNHA

AHA Analysis – AHA Analysis of Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson ACA repeal/replace bill

ASHNHA Talking points on BCRA in Alaska – Impacts of Senate revision (released 7-13-17) to the Better Care Reconciliation Act

AHA Special Bulletin BCRA – AHA analysis on the revised BCRA 7-13-17

ASHNHA BCRA Talking Points – Talking points for Alaska hospitals on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017

NASHP Matrix – Fact Sheet by National Academy on State Health Policy on Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

AHA Impact of BCRA in Alaska 6-27-17 – AHA Analysis of the Impact of the BCRA on Medicaid and private health insurance coverage and federal spending on Medicaid and marketplace subsidies

Alaska Impact Commentary – Center on Budget and Policy Priorities – Alaskans Could Still Suffer Most Harm Under Senate Version of GOP Health Plan 7-6-17

ASHNHA AHCA Talking Points Talking Points for advocacy on American Health Care Act – House version of ACA replacement

Alaska Impacts – Commonwealth Fund infographic for Alaska

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