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Alaska VA Healthcare

For central Kenai Peninsula veterans, a new clinic in Soldotna is a nicer, bigger, more convenient location to get VA services. For the Veterans Administration, the facility represents more than just what it offers to local vets. It, and a new clinic that opened in Homer in 2020, represents a federal initiative to improve VA healthcare delivery throughout Alaska.

“We’re committed to serving our veterans across the state. Each one of our community-based outpatient clinics are being increased in size to provide better services and better access for our veterans. And, so, the Kenai Borough has benefitted from being on the tip of the spear, if you will," said Tom Steinbrunner, director of the Alaska VA healthcare system. 

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Veterans in the Soldotna area will have a brand new medical clinic to visit soon.

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Starting this summer, Alaska Medicaid can no longer deny coverage to transgender Alaskans undergoing gender-affirming treatment.

That’s following the January settlement of a class action lawsuit filed by Swan Being, a transgender woman from Homer who said Alaska Medicaid refused to cover costs related to hormone treatment in 2019.

Being sued the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, which oversees Alaska’s Medicaid program, and department commissioner Adam Crum. She alleged the state’s policies discriminated against transgender Alaskans and violated the 14th Amendment, which grants all Americans equal treatment under the law.

Host Jenny Neyman spoke with Karen Scoggins, chief nursing officer at Central Peninsula Hospital, about expansion of CPH's facility and services. We also hear from the Kenaitze Indian Tribe about suicide alertness and prevention training offered for the community later this month.

No-cost check-ups offered on Saturday in Kenai

Dec 17, 2019

A newly opened clinic in Kenai is taking the spirit of Christmas to the next level on Saturday. That’s when all visits will be free. Jared Wallace is a P-A, physician assistant, and owner of Odyssey Family Practice.

PCHS

Albert Wall, CEO of Peninsula Community Health Services, talks about the health care landscape on the Kenai Peninsula.

Central Peninsula Hospital

Central Peninsula Hospital is making big changes to its campus and offering more services than ever.