Medicaid is one of the biggest drivers of Alaska’s state spending.
At the same time, Alaska has the nation’s highest suicide rate and a growing problem with opioid addiction.
State leaders believe they can lower the long-term growth in Medicaid costs and make Alaskans healthier mentally and physically. They plan to do that by better coordinating behavioral health care — the treatment of mental health and addiction.
At a recent Senate Medicaid Reform Subcommittee hearing, Health Commissioner Valerie Davidson said it will be a challenge. READ MORE…