Annie Feidt

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Steep Hikes In Insurance Rates Force Alaskans To Make Tough Choices

Friday, October 30, 2015

Alaskans have the highest rates for health insurance in the country. Many get a subsidy to help defray the cost, but those who don't wonder, increasingly, whether it's time to go without insurance.


Fishing, Cooking And A Yup'ik Upbringing Made Alaska's Health Commissioner

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Alaska's health commissioner spends her summers working on policy issues by day and fishing for salmon for the winter on nights and weekends with her family who belong to the Yup'ik people.


Alaska's Governor Eager To Expand Medicaid

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The state's last top guy was hostile to Obamacare. But Gov. Bill Walker, an independent, sees Medicaid expansion as a cost-effective no-brainer. Can he convince Republicans in Alaska's legislature?


Upfront Costs Of Going Digital Overwhelm Some Doctors

Monday, November 24, 2014

Physicians with small practices may be especially hard hit by federal regulations that aim to bring doctoring into the digital age in 2015.


Forget The Fishing Boat: Alaskans Scoop Up Salmon With Dipnets

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fishing purists, be warned. This story is not for you.

Yes, it's about salmon fishing on a scenic river in Alaska. But no one here is hooking a prize fish in the remote wilderness. This kind of fishing is all about crowds and slop buckets and big contraptions called dipnets ...


The 7.5 Million Insured Through Obamacare Are Only Part Of The Story

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Millions signed up for health insurance through state exchanges and But another several million bypassed the exchanges and bought health coverage directly from insurers.


Persistence Pays Off For Uninsured Alaskan

Friday, November 08, 2013

Despite all the problems with, a few dozen Alaskans have managed to enroll in a health plan through the marketplace. Lara Imler is one of them.

Imler, a 37-year-old hair stylist in Anchorage, ditched her office job as an accountant in 2004. She says she loves making people feel ...


Proposed Alaska Road Pits Villagers Against Environmentalists

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The town of King Cove, Alaska, is crowded onto a narrow spit, surrounded by ocean and isolated by rows of volcanic mountains.

It's an Aleut Native community of about a thousand people, and for roughly a third of the year, treacherous winds close its airstrip. There's no road between ...


An Alaska-Sized Price Difference For Circumcisions

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

It's not just patients who are stunned to see what a hospital charges for services.

Two groups of pediatricians are taking a stand in Anchorage, Alaska, after learning that Alaska Regional Hospital is charging $2,110 for a circumcision — almost 10 times more than the $235 that Providence Hospital, the ...


Glacier Helps U.S. Ski Team Drift Ahead Of Competition

Thursday, August 01, 2013

The U.S. women's cross-country ski team has never won an Olympic medal. But that could change in Sochi, Russia, in February. The team has a secret weapon: a pristine glacier high above the mountains of Anchorage.

On the ground, it's summer. But as soon as the helicopter crests the mountain: ...


A Busy ER Doctor Slows Down To Help Patients Cope With Adversity

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Dr. Linda Smith walks into a room at Providence Alaska Medical Center, ready with a stethoscope and a huge grin. She teases her patient, Dawn Dillard, saying that her spiky hair recently resembled a "faux hawk."

Dillard found out she had uterine cancer a year ago. Her oncologist gave her ...


Dramatically Different Medicare Bills Set Hospitals Thinking

Saturday, May 11, 2013

For the first time, the federal government has publicly shared what hospitals bill Medicare for the 100 most common diagnoses and treatments.

The information shows hospitals across the country — and across Alaska — bill dramatically different prices for the same things.

Hospital veteran Rick Davis, the CEO ...