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Anch Chamber Supports Medicaid Expansion in Alaska


Anchorage Chamber of Commerce

News Release

Anchorage, AK— The Anchorage Chamber board of directors recently passed a resolution in support of the expansion of Medicaid with the understanding that Governor Parnell and the State Legislature will reevaluate Alaska’s participation in Medicaid expansion, should the federal match fall below 90 percent of coverage for eligible adults.

In March 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111–148) and the Health Care Reconciliation Act (P.L. 111-152) into law, collectively referred to as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 
The Affordable Care Act has given states the option to expand access to Medicaid for low income adults and families.

“Improving community health along with the significant economic benefits that accompany the expansion of Medicaid will have a positive effect on the local economy,’ Anchorage Chamber of Commerce president Andrew Halcro said. “The expansion of Medicaid would provide basic health care coverage for thousands of working families in Anchorage, while adding almost $2 billion in value to the economy.”

Halcro said the Anchorage Chamber encourages the Governor and Alaska State Legislature to explore alternative structures to Medicaid Expansion that will encourage personal responsibility on behalf of the Medicaid recipients, such as the “Arkansas” model, whereby the Medicaid Expansion population receives healthcare coverage through the health insurance marketplace, and/or other pilot programs proposed by states participating in Medicaid Expansion.

A copy of the resolution can be found here. The Anchorage Chamber will inform its members about its positions.

The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, member-driven business organization with more than 1,000 members representing 54,000 employees.  For businesses interested in membership, annual fees are based on the type of organization and number of full-time year-round employees.  More information about this and other resolutions are available at AdvancingAction.org or by calling (907) 272-2401.


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