Healthcare in Alaska:  The following is the LWVUS position on Health Care from the “Impact on Issues” publication:

The League’s Position

GOALS: The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that a basic level of quality health care at an affordable cost should be available to all US residents. Other US health care policy goals should include the equitable distribution of services, efficient and economical delivery of care, advancement of medical research and technology, and a reasonable total national expenditure level for health care.

One of our Alaska League members, carolyn Brown from Juneau, is involved with the HCR4US (Health Care Reform for the US) group.  As a retired physician, carolyn knows first hand the challenges of the health care system, particularly from an Alaskan perspective.  She sent in the following information as an update.  If you are interested in joining carolyn and working on the issues of health care in Alaska, you can contact her at

carolyn writes:  “The HCR4US monthly meeting is open to all who are interested (no cost)….This meeting takes place every 4th Sunday at 4 PM (Alaska time). It lasts one hour and represents a wide number of Leagues over the United States. “(Please see for more information and current links.)

“Another excellent information site is Alan Unell, PhD.  He researches aspects of the health issues and provides excellent summaries of many concerns in health access and delivery for America.  Well worth the read.  If you have a question or an area you would like him to investigate, he is very open to that.  Easy to get on his newsletter (no cost).  Contact:  <>  I find this very informative.

You can also get on the mailing list for the Physicians for National Health Program (PNHP).  You don’t have to be a doctor or pay to receive the newsletter.  Lots of good national information.  You can Google that for the best link.

Please let me know if there are special issues or questions.  I am interested in issues that may be going on locally where you are.

Many thanks – carolyn”

“HCR4US : Dedicated to educating and mobilizing League members to work toward legislation that enacts the goals of our LWVUS health care position.”

Since 1920, the League of Women Voters has been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that people should play a critical role in democracy. The League of Women Voters was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt in 1920, just six months before the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote.

Throughout the years, the League has continued its dual purposes of education and advocacy, engaging in studies on representative government, international relations, natural resources, and social policy.  

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