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By Kent Larsen

Missionary Help Makes Alaska TV

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA -- A service project by a group of missionaries made the news as an example of how to help the poor. Elder Shawn Watkins and his companions built an access ramp at the home of Nina Magnuson with materials provided by a local building supply store, and their efforts were covered in a KTUU TV2 news story.

Magnuson suffers from congestive heart failure, and KTUU reporter Caron Brookens' story dealt with the uninsured woman's healthcare struggles as a local hospital's program for the uninsured came to an end. The program gave Magnuson and about 1,000 others that don't qualify for Medicaid or Medicare low cost healthcare.

The hospital, Providence Alaska Medical Center, says it can't support the needy on its own, "Providence could never meet the needs of the people just in this community alone," said the hospital's Paul Richard. "It has to be us, the municipality the state, the private sector, BP, ARCO, all of these folks. Together we create some kind of solution that no one entity can on its own." And reporter Brookens cited the missionaries' work as an example of how that could work.


Program is hardship for uninsured Alaskans
KTUU TV2 Anchorage AK 7Apr01 D1
By Caron Brookens


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