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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Medicaid and Alaska’s Economy

Medicaid has never been more important for our economy and for the safety of our communities. A new study finds that eliminating Medicaid Expansion in Alaska would cost Alaska’s economy nearly 3,700 jobs, $267 million in annual labor income, and $566 million in annual total economic output under State Fiscal Year 2018 conditions.

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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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Start of the 31st Legislature

I have heard from many of you with concerns about some of Governor Dunleavy’s appointees, particularly those who have made violent and vulgar statements. I share your concerns and appreciate you writing to share your views. Unfortunately, the nomination of people like this distracts from other credible nominations. I’ve met with

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Start of the 31st Legislature

I have heard from many of you with concerns about some of Governor Dunleavy’s appointees, particularly those who have made violent and vulgar statements. I share your concerns and appreciate you writing to share your views. Unfortunately, the nomination of people like this distracts from other credible nominations. I’ve met with…

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