State agrees to settle Pioneer Home tariff case

Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson.

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – A case that challenged the legality of massive rate hikes at Pioneer Homes in the state has been settled out of court, Attorney General Kevin Clarkson said.

Many of the issues raised in the case were muted when the governor enacted House Bill 96 last week.

It limits future rate hikes to the rate of inflation and also cuts rate hikes initiated last year to between 40 and 140 percent.

The bill’s sponsors have said it will protect Alaskan veterans and veterans in the Pioneer Home system.

Complainants’ co-counsel, Vance Sanders, said the new tariffs would provide Alaskans with the predictability they need to plan for retirement and care in pioneer or veteran homes.

“This is the outcome we were looking for in this trial, and we are very happy that the Alaskans will get this predictability and fair treatment,” he added.

Attorney General Clarkson said the two sides agreed there was no benefit in pursuing costly and time-consuming litigation over tariffs that will no longer be in effect after July 1.

Department of Health and Human Services deputy commissioner Clinton Lasley said he was happy they had resolved the lawsuit. “We look forward to resolving this case amicably and continuing to provide quality Alaskan elder care in each of our six Alaskan Pioneer Homes.”

There are three Pioneer Homes in the South East in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka.

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