Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: Around the District & Anchorage Update

Rep. Josephson's Newsletter

I hope you are enjoying the last weeks of summer and have found time to explore our wonderful mountains, rivers, beaches, and trails. Good luck to all of the students returning to school! I have been walking around the district lately talking to constituents and “taking the temperature” of the district. If there is something on your mind and you want to talk before I make it to your neighborhood please feel free to reach out to me!

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: Conferences & the Ambler Mining District Road

Rep. Josephson's Newsletter

Over the past couple of weeks I have been in and out of the state attending conferences in the Seattle area. These conferences allow like-minded policy makers (and also those from opposing positions) to gather to discuss issues, strategies, and network with each other. I tried to organize my conference schedules so that they would all take place around the same time. This way I could spend more of my time here in Alaska.

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: Important Announcements: Seminar & Road Closure

Rep. Josephson's Newsletter

On Wednesday, August 5th, I will be speaking at a free teleconference seminar to help raise awareness about plastic microbeads and their impacts on the environment. As many of you will remember I sponsored House Bill 14, which would ban the use of microbeads in cosmetics in Alaska. If you are interested in listening to the seminar you can sign up online at www.akaction.org, email diana@akaction.org, or you can call ACAT at (907)222-7714.

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: WE’RE IN! Alaska is now the 30th state to accept Medicaid expansion

Rep. Josephson's Newsletter

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.

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