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More than 19,000 Alaskans enroll for 2017 healthcare through Health Insurance Marketplace


February 6, 2017

Anchorage, Alaska-- Open Enrollment through the Affordable Care Act closed January 31, 2017, with 19,145 Alaskans signed up for healthcare coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.


The Alaska Primary Care Association is pleased to see this steady participation in Alaska’s marketplace.  Additionally, according to the State of Alaska, over 28,000 Alaskans have been covered through Medicaid Expansion, since Governor Walker expanded Medicaid effective September 1, 2015.


With one issuer participating in Alaska’s Marketplace this year, another rate increase, and federal administration changes, many Alaskans had questions about their coverage options this year. 


Enrollment Assisters working in community health centers and community settings across the state provided free local help to get the facts out and answer questions.


Jessie Menkens, who manages the Navigator Program at the Alaska Primary Care Association added, “This enrollment period was rather challenging for Alaskans who might be interested in enrolling. Given the change in administration and conversation around ACA repeal, some residents didn’t understand they could still enroll, or they mistakenly believed the law changed. The increase in lives covered through Medicaid Expansion in Alaska combined with steady enrollment through healthcare.gov shows Alaskans need access to affordable health care.”


For more information on Alaska enrollment and national data, see https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2017-Fact-Sheet-items/2017-02-03.html


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