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As Heard on Morning Line: Antibiotic Awareness

Nov 15, 2017
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Our Community guests this morning were CJ Kim and Kimberly Spink from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Epidemiology Division, to spread the word about Antibiotics Awareness Week. 

According to our guests, antibiotics are a wonderful tool used by the medical community to treat bacterial infection, however overprescription and overuse can lead to antibiotic resistant strains of disease and other problems. 

Legislators hear another perspective as they consider a proposal by Gov. Bill Walker to expand Medicaid to low-income Alaskans Legislators, aides and others heard an alternate viewpoint on Medicaid expansion from a senior fellow with an organization that has referred to the "dangers" expansion poses in states that opt for it.

 

Christie Herrera, with the Foundation for Government Accountability, spoke to problems that she said some states have experienced. Herrera spoke during an informal "lunch and learn," sponsored by Sen. Mike Dunleavy.

 

Cost of energy, Medicaid expansion high prioritues

The mood was celebratory in Juneau yesterday (Dec. 1) during the inauguration ceremony for Governor Bill Walker and Lt. Governor Byron Mallott. Mallott called for unity,  saying Alaskans from all walks of life can rise as one.