The Alaska Behavioral Health Association (ABHA) tracks key legislation on both the state and federal level to help inform public dialogue with the direct perspective of those delivering care here in Alaska and to prepare our system of care as best we can for changes in store. New laws, regulations, and policies can increase access to care, improve quality outcomes, and reduce costs. Despite good intention, they could potentially also complicate and already complex healthcare delivery system, limit access, and increase costs.

“The perspective of those charged with implementing new legislation and policy is critically important to achieve its intended goal.”

Alaska’s regular legislative session typically starts on the fourth Monday in January and ends after 90 days. During session, click for the State Legislature’s most current Floor Calendar and Committee Calendar.

On June 28, 2019 Governor Dunleavy vetoed over $440 million of the State’s FY20 Operating Budget. The vetoes resulted in a cut of $50 million in Medicaid funding including $12.24 million in behavioral health treatment and recovery grants.

Click HERE to read ABHA’s plea to legislative leaders
to override the vetoes and reverse the cuts.

Alaska’s Congressional Delegation

Congressman Don Young

D.C. Office: (202) 225-5765
Email Congressman Young

Senator Lisa Murkowski

D.C. Office: (202) 224-6665
Email Senator Murkowski

Senator Dan Sullivan

D.C. Office: (202) 224-3004
Email Senator Sullivan

Federal Legislation