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Protecting Your Rights: Serving Sand Lake, Spenard, and Turnagain
July 21, 2015
In this issue:
• Medicaid Expansion
• Community Events and Opportunities
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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Last week, Governor Walker announced that he will use his executive authority to expand Medicaid and improve access to affordable healthcare to all Alaskans. While the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee now has 45 days to respond to the Governor’s decision, the Attorney General and the Legislature’s attorney agree that the Governor is within his Alaska Constitutional authority to accept Medicaid expansion. This decision is good for Alaska. 

Medicaid Expansion

Medicaid Expansion Facts

Last Thursday, the Governor announced that he is using his executive authority to expand Medicaid and improve access to healthcare for all Alaskans. Medicaid expansion and reform has a long history throughout the regular and special sessions. First, Governor Walker included receipt authority for Medicaid expansion funds in his proposed budget. Second, in response to the Legislature’s interest in Medicaid reform, the Governor introduced a reform bill (HB 148) that would go hand-in-hand with Medicaid expansion. But in both the regular and the special session, the House Finance Committee refused to vote on the reform bill. And the Legislature did not include receipt authority in the budget.

Governor Walker and members of his cabinet announce that Alaska will accept federal dollars to provide access to affordable healthcare to all Alaskans.
Governor Walker and members of his cabinet announce that Alaska will accept federal dollars to provide access to affordable healthcare to all Alaskans.

We received hundreds of emails and letters throughout the regular and special session from constituents and Alaskans across the state who support Medicaid expansion. Hundreds of organizations, including the Anchorage and Alaska State Chambers of Commerce, support Medicaid expansion because of its positive economic effects. Since 2014, when Governor Parnell refused to accept Medicaid expansion, Alaska has already lost $190 million. Before Governor Walker’s decision to expand Medicaid, the state was losing another $400,000 every day. In addition to providing Alaskans access to affordable healthcare, the Governor’s decision has additional positive impacts to the state’s economy:

•         $1.1 billion in new federal revenue for Alaska 
•         4,000 new jobs 
•         $1.2 billion more in wages and salaries paid to Alaskans 
•         $2.49 billion in increased economic activity throughout the state

Rep. Claman and Rep. Josephson at the Medicaid expansion press conference.
Rep. Claman and Rep. Josephson at the Medicaid expansion press conference.

Just over a week ago, the United States Supreme Court again affirmed the Affordable Care Act, and both our Attorney General and the Legislature’s attorney have confirmed that Governor Walker is within his executive authority under the Alaska Constitution to accept Medicaid expansion dollars without action by the Legislature.

Medicaid expansion saves the state money and save lives. I believe Governor Walker has chosen to do the right thing for Alaska when it comes to improving access to affordable healthcare for all Alaskans. 

Community Events and Opportunities

Join Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and me to show our support for Jeff Dusenbury and safe cycling at a run this Friday to honor Jeff

Last year, an outstanding community member, Jeff Dusenbury, was killed by a drunk driver while riding his bike in a hit-and-run collision. Join Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and me to show our support for Jeff Dusenbury and safe cycling at a run this Friday to honor Jeff. Please contact my office if you would like additional information.

Join friends and neighbors this Thursday, July 23rd from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for the annual Turnagain Block Party – it’s sure to be a good time! 

Join friends and neighbors this Thursday, July 23rd from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for the annual Turnagain Block Party – it’s sure to be a good time!  

Learn about salmon habitat in the Anchorage community today from 5:30 to 8:00pm at Campbell Park – a fun and family friendly activity!

Learn about salmon habitat in the Anchorage community today from 5:30 to 8:00pm at Campbell Park – a fun and family friendly activity!

As always, please let us know if you have suggestions or concerns.

Sincerely,

signed: Matt Claman

    Rep. Matt Claman

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Contact Information

(907) 465-4919

Rep.Matt.Claman@akleg.gov

State Capitol Bldg. Rm 405
Juneau, Alaska 99801

www.repmattclaman.com

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EMAIL: Governor Bill Walker

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