Senate Democratic Legislators Call for Release of ACA Impact Report
ANCHORAGE – Today, Alaska Senate Democratic legislators called on the Department of Health and Social Services and Governor Parnell to release a report commissioned earlier this year outlining the effects of Medicaid expansion in Alaska due to implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
“Yesterday millions of Americans sought out information on affordable health insurance. Most accessed this information through unique state specific exchanges. However, in Alaska, Governor Parnell turned down the opportunity to create an exclusive place where Alaskans can shop for health care. And his lack of leadership on Medicaid leaves 40,000 Alaskans out in the cold, without access to affordable health care. Alaskans need to know how and why these decisions, which negatively impact their lives, are being made,” said Senator Berta Gardner (D-Anchorage).
In April of 2013 the Department of Health and Social Services commissioned a report from the Lewin Group detailing the impacts of Medicaid expansion in Alaska. Despite repeated requests from Senate Democratic legislators and others, the Department of Health and Social Services has denied Alaskans access to this publicly funded report.
“4,000 new jobs, $1.2 billion in Alaskan wages, and $2.4 billion in new economic activity for a state investment of just over 20 million dollars, not to mention assisting the over 40,000 uninsured Alaskans access affordable health care is a good deal for Alaska. The Governor is making a big mistake and Alaskans deserve to see the Lewin report in order to make their own judgments about what’s right for Alaska,” stated Senator Hollis French (D-Anchorage).
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