Begich Responds to Governor Parnell’s Decision Not to Expand Medicaid in Alaska
U.S. Senator Mark Begich today released a statement in response to Governor Sean Parnell’s announcement that he would not expand Medicaid for Alaskans.
“Governor Parnell’s announcement today means he is denying health insurance to as many as 40,000 Alaskans, which at the start is free to the state and eventually would cost no more than 10 cents on the dollar. Aside from the obvious health benefits to Alaska families, the state Chamber of Commerce urged the governor to expand the program because it is also the right thing to do for Alaska businesses and the economy. Without the expansion, people who cannot afford insurance will continue to get their health care needs met in hospital emergency rooms across the state—the most expensive way to get health care. Those costs will continue to be passed on to all other Alaskans.”