Alaska: Governor Announces Alaska to Become the 30th State to Expand Medicaid
Following 29 other states and the District of Columbia, Alaskan Governor Bill Walker has announced that the state will be accepting additional federal funds to expand Medicaid, which will bring $146 million to the state in its first year and provide health care to more than 20,000 people. Additionally, Medicaid expansion will reduce state spending by $6.6 million in the first year, and save over $100 million in state general funds in the first six years. Expansion extends eligibility to individuals whose income falls within 138 percent of federal poverty guidelines, including people with disabilities who are working but unable to secure private insurance options or whose employers do not provide an insurance plan. According to the Alaska House Majority, the state’s current Medicaid program has 140,000 enrollees and Medicaid expansion would add at least an additional 20,000-40,000 enrollees.