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Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012 11:47 pm | Updated: 12:09 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Health Care Commission last week released its draft 2012 recommendations report for public comment. The commission, established in December 2008 by then-Gov. Sarah Palin, is tasked with “fostering the development of a statewide plan to address the quality, accessibility, and availability of health care for all citizens of the state.”

The commission’s vision, as stated at the outset of the 27-page report is to have Alaskans “be the healthiest people in the nation and have access to the highest quality, most affordable health care” by 2025.

The report says that the goal will be reached when, compared with the other 49 states, Alaskans have the highest life expectancy, the highest percentage population with access to primary care, and the lowest per capita health care spending level.

The draft report is available online at http://hss.state.ak.us/healthcommission.

The comment period runs through Nov. 30. Comments can be submitted by mail to Deborah Erickson, executive director of the commission, at this address: Alaska Health Care Commission, 3601 C St., Suite 902, Anchorage, AK 99503-5923. Comments can also be submitted by email to deborah.erickson@alaska.gov.

The commission held public meetings in March, June, August and October to learn about the current condition of Alaska’s health care system and to make recommendations. The commission will meet Dec. 10 to consider the public comments and finalize the 2012 report.

On the Web:

Read the Alaska Health Care Commission report online at http://hss.state.ak.us/healthcommission.

Contact the newsroom at 459-7572.

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