Health

Soldotna Planned Parenthood center is closing at the end of May

BY: - May 13, 2022

After more than 30 years in operation, Planned Parenthood’s Soldotna clinic is closing at the end of May. Patients will be referred to the Anchorage clinic or to the organization’s telemedicine services. “In terms of just general care, anything that we can provide over telemedicine, we will. Patients would still need to come into our […]

U.S. Senate Democrats fail to enshrine nationwide abortion protections, vow more action 

BY: - May 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — Efforts to secure the nationwide right to an abortion stalled for a second time Wednesday when U.S. Senate Democrats failed to get enough votes to overcome the legislative filibuster.  Republicans, including Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Maine Sen. Susan Collins, voted uniformly against limiting debate on the bill while Democrats, save West Virginia’s […]

Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer, stands outside a restaurant on May 6 in Palmer, her home city. In an interview, she reflected on two years of COVID-19. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Beyond COVID: Zink seeks to refocus on Alaskans’ holistic health

BY: - May 11, 2022

When Anne Zink began working as the state’s chief medical officer in the summer of 2019, she had a vision of transforming the state’s health system into one that promotes health holistically rather than one that simply responds to sickness. Then came COVID-19. At least a third of Alaskans have tested positive for the COVID […]

Aerial view of destroyed buildings in Ukraine

U.S. House passes $40 billion Ukraine aid package with broad bipartisan support

BY: - May 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to provide an additional $40 billion in economic, humanitarian and military assistance to Ukraine as its troops continue fighting back against Russia’s invasion. The legislation, released just hours before, now goes to the U.S. Senate, where leaders hope to quickly send the bill to President Joe Biden’s […]

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 14: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) talks to reporters following the weekly Senate Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol on December 14, 2021 in Washington, DC. Senate Democrats are working to bring to a vote several key pieces of legislature before the holiday break, including the National Defense Authorization Act and raising the national debt limit. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

McConnell doesn’t rule out U.S. Senate vote outlawing abortion if GOP takes control

BY: - May 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t ruling out bringing a nationwide abortion ban up for a vote, should the U.S. Supreme Court end the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy and his party regains the chamber in the November elections. The Kentucky Republican was somewhat reserved last week when repeatedly asked by reporters […]