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State officials have proposed the increase of rates at state-supported elder-care facilities in Alaska. The increase would be between 40 and 140 percent and would be more in line with the actual cost of the services they cover.
Officials would add two tiers to the three-tier program already set up. Currently, the highest level of cost is $6,795 a month but if the proposal takes effect, the highest level of care could cost $15,000 a month. Rates have not risen to align with the cost of services previously and have cost the state millions of dollars. However, critics of this proposal call the plan “unworkable.”READ MORE