A visit to Kenai Fjords National Park was on President Obama’s itinerary Tuesday. The president’s reasons for visiting the park are not completely clear, but it is possible the side trip is related to the broader focus of his Alaska sojourn, climate change. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler spoke with National Parks Service Spokesperson Kris Fister about the presidential visit.
For the first time the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will come from Alaska. The tree will come from Chugach National Forest and communities across the state are making ornaments to decorate it. On Friday Homer Council on the Arts held an Open Studio for Homer residents to make ornaments that will travel from the End of the Road to D.C. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler has more.
On this week's Coffeetable program Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Sean Dusek joined Host Quinton Chandler to talk about the new school year, goals, expectations, and challenges facing the District.
A Department Service Officer with the Disabled American Veterans Association visited Homer in hopes of touching base with local vets who need help accessing benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. He says Service Officers are a powerful go between veterans can turn to when they don’t know how to move forward. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler has more.
The 2015 General Municipal Election is approaching. The City of Homer has two open city council seats and seven candidates competing for them. In the coming weeks KBBI will share interviews with each of the official candidates. Click the icon above to hear an interview with KBBI’s Quinton Chandler and Homer City Council Candidate Bob Howard.
Some seniors are in danger of losing access to the state’s Medicaid Waiver Program. The program pays the cost of their housing and nursing care. The state says to qualify for the C waiver applicants must meet Nursing Home Level of Care. The state plans to introduce two new waiver options to help seniors it says don't qualify.
The Alaska Department of Senior and Disabilities Services is being criticized for finding hundreds of seniors ineligible for a Medicaid waiver program that pays the cost of their housing and nursing care. The department's director defends the denials. He says the individuals who were denied the C waiver option don’t meet Nursing Home Level of Care. There is an apparent gap between the state’s disability services and the people who need them.
Many of Alaska’s seniors are in danger of losing their only means of paying for disability services. The state and the federal government partner in funding in-home and assisted living services for the seniors who qualify. Caregivers say the problem is individuals who met the state’s criteria for years are now being let go from the system.