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