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Panel takes Medicaid expansion items from department budget

JUNEAU - A House subcommittee has removed items related to Medicaid expansion from the Alaska health department's budget, despite...expansion, and there have been calls for reforming the current Medicaid program before expanding it.While there's a Democratic...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-02-27/panel-takes-medicaid-expansion-items-de
State
Letter: Political games are bad for our health

...coverage for the first five years of the Medicaid expansion (Alaska has already missed...the District of Columbia have adopted Medicaid expansion. Of the 22 states that have...article in the Juneau Empire reported a Medicaid savings to Alaska of $6.5 million...

http://juneauempire.com/letters/2015-02-25/letter-political-games-are-bad-our-he
Letters
Budget proposal could ground some aircraft

...rejected a proposed cut of $4.1 million for inmate health services that the Walker administration had attributed to projected savings from Medicaid expansion. It was taken out since the state has not yet accepted Medicaid expansion.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-02-27/budget-proposal-could-ground-some-aircr
State | AK legislature
Subcommittee discusses Medicaid expansion

...Bill Walker's proposal to expand Medicaid coverage revealed few new details Monday...2020. The federal match for existing Medicaid is 50 percent.Rep. Dan Saddler, who...the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that if the federal contribution...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-02-17/subcommittee-discusses-medicaid-expansi
State | AK legislature
Report: Expanding Medicaid would save state millions

JUNEAU - Expanding Medicaid coverage would save Alaska money...to those who would be eligible for Medicaid. It cites a possible $6.1 million...below 90 percent. She said she sees Medicaid expansion as a catalyst for reform...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-02-08/report-expanding-medicaid-would-save-st
State | AK legislature
My Turn: Can we afford another healthcare debacle?

...Supporters of the current plan to expand Medicaid in Alaska have excelled at presenting...Walker's administration, expanding Medicaid to include 42,000 newly eligible beneficiaries...provided states the option of extending Medicaid to millions of new people, many wondered...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-02-19/my-turn-can-we-afford-another-healthc
Opinion
Finance member: Difficult decisions needed on budget

...unintended consequences of budget cuts and Medicaid expansion.There is skepticism among many legislators about the Medicaid expansion and the type of savings the...as a result of it. Walker has made Medicaid expansion a priority, and his budget...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-02-22/finance-member-difficult-decisions-need
State | AK legislature
In rural Southeast, big ideas for housing assistance

...not state-licensed - a requirement for facilities with at least five beds - Delaplain doesn't accept Medicaid. Youmans said she would like to offer affordable care if she can and plans to pursue state certification to accept Medicaid.

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-02-23/rural-southeast-big-ideas-housing-assis
Local
State looks to expand Medicaid in July

...2016, the state is forging ahead with Medicaid expansion, Department of Health and...caregivers about tackling the budget and Medicaid expansion with a rural Native perspective...Davidson's top priorities as commissioner are Medicaid expansion and child welfare. She said...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-16/state-looks-expand-medicaid-july
State | Local | AK legislature
Kelly says he will keep open to possible Medicaid expansion

...the state is not on a path to expanding Medicaid.But Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks...Sean Parnell, who resisted expanding Medicaid coverage, citing cost concerns.Parnell's...Gov. Bill Walker, has made expanding Medicaid a priority and said he thinks it will...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-23/kelly-says-he-will-keep-open-possible-m
State | AK legislature

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