Rep. Andy Josephson
Serving Neighbors in Midtown, University, and East Anchorage

JULY 16, 2015

Representing District 17:
Midtown, University, and East Anchorage

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Legislative Update

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Gov. Walker makes his Medicaid announcement surrounded by his cabinet and supporters.
Gov. Walker makes his Medicaid announcement surrounded by his cabinet and supporters.

Today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker announced plans to take advantage of federal funding to expand eligibility for Medicaid in Alaska. This action is supported by the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition, which made Medicaid expansion a priority during the First Session of the 29th Alaska Legislature. Medicaid expansion comes with tremendous benefits including over a billion dollars in new federal revenue over the next six year, the creation of 4,000 jobs, and $1.2 billion in additional wages and salaries. Studies suggest Medicaid expansion would result in $2.49 billion in increased economic activity across Alaska.

There are multiple legal opinions showing that the Governor has the authority to expand Medicaid. Medicaid expansion is supported by the public and, I believe, a majority of lawmakers but that did not sway the Majority leadership, which refused to allow an up or down vote on the matter. I believe the Governor’s decision is justified based on the merits of the argument and the inaction of the Alaska Legislature.

Currently, around 120,000 Alaskans receive healthcare through the Medicaid program. The Governor’s action will expand the program to residents whose income is within 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. It’s estimated that an additional 42,000 Alaskans will be eligible for health coverage under Medicaid expansion with 20,000 residents expected to sign up the first year. The federal government will pay for 100 percent of the expansion costs in this fiscal year. The federal match will gradually decline to 90 percent beginning in FY 2020.

Alaska is now the 30th state to accept Medicaid expansion.

As always, please call or email with any thoughts, ideas, or concerns.

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Andy Josephson[signed]

Representative Andy Josephson
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