NEWS: Anchorage Legislators Want Your Feedback on Saturday

Juneau – Members of the Alaska State Legislature who represent the Anchorage area are excited to announce the 2019 Anchorage Caucus. Unlike years past, the Anchorage Caucus will be split between two weekends. The first Anchorage Caucus event will be Saturday, February 23, at the Anchorage School District Education Center. The second Anchorage Caucus event will be held Saturday, March 2nd at the East Anchorage High School.

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NEWS: Health Insurance Prices Will Go Up if Medicaid Expansion is Repealed

Juneau – Today, Representatives Tiffany Zulkosky (D-Bethel) and Zack Fields (D-Anchorage) released a report outlining the potential impacts of repealing Medicaid expansion in Alaska. Medicaid expansion was implemented in 2015 to provide medical insurance coverage to a portion of Alaskans who live just above the poverty line. The report, prepared by the non-partisan Legislative Research Services, finds that if Medicaid….

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NEWS: Medicaid Expansion Repeal Would Eliminate 3,700 Jobs Without Saving a Dime

Juneau – New data from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC), featured at a recent House of Representatives informational hearing, demonstrates that a repeal of Medicaid Expansion in Alaska would result in 3,700 lost jobs, $267 million in lost wages, and $556 million in lost economic output. ANTHC’s new study finds that Medicaid Expansion has been budget neutral for the State of Alaska’s general fund. Additionally, Medicaid Expansion has attracted $1.13 billion in federal investment in Alaska.

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Gov. Dunleavy Wants Money from Cities and Boroughs to Balance the Budget

Juneau – Today, Alaska Governor Michael J. Dunleavy put forward legislation to change the long-standing authority that allows municipalities and boroughs to collect taxes on all property within their jurisdiction. Senate Bill 57 would allow the State of Alaska to collect the entirety of taxes on petroleum property, depriving municipalities and boroughs of a reliable revenue stream that has funded schools and essential public services for decades.

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NEWS: Alaska Governor Legally Obligated to Accept Federal Funds for Medicaid Expansion

Juneau – Today, Representatives Tiffany Zulkosky (D-Bethel), Zack Fields (D-Anchorage), and Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage) released a memorandum from the non-partisan Division of Legal and Research Services confirming that the Governor of Alaska is legally obligated to accept federal funding to cover the Medicaid expansion population in Alaska. The memo’s authors note that the governor cannot simply eliminate funding for Medicaid expansion by refusing to receive federal funds. The memo goes on to stipulate that any restriction on how Medicaid funds are to be spent must be made by statute – not the budget.

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