JUNEAU – The Alaska Senate today voted to expand Alaskans’ access to telehealth and telemedicine services and provide new tools to bolster Alaska’s healthcare workforce.
“This bill is about serving Alaskans at a time when COVID-19 has once again strained our healthcare system,” said Senate President Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna. “This timely legislation will improve Alaska’s healthcare delivery by streamlining insurance reviews, hiring and onboarding of healthcare workers, and providing tools to encourage appropriate treatment, whenever possible, outside of healthcare facilities currently operating at or over-capacity. With the recent surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations, I urge the House to act quickly in the last few days of this special session and send this bill to the governor’s desk for his signature.”
On September 2nd, Governor Mike Dunleavy added Senate Bill 3006 and other healthcare legislation to the call of the third special session. Although not included in the original call, the Senate expedited committee work and prioritized passage of the bill in an effort to provide relief to overstressed healthcare facilities and employees.
SB 3006 passed the Senate by a vote of 13-3. The bill is now on its way to Alaska House of Representatives for consideration.
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