|Dear Fellow Alaskan,
I’m writing today to share some exciting news. Today, I transmitted legislation that would establish meaningful reforms to our State’s Medicaid program and accept federal funding to extend Medicaid coverage to more than 40,000 Alaskans. With just a month left in the legislative session, I firmly believe this is the best route forward to provide quality health care to the Alaskans who need it most.
Simply put, I’m introducing this bill because it’s the right thing to do.
Year after year, we accept federal transportation dollars with a 10 percent match because we know roads and infrastructure are critical to a robust economy. The health of Alaskans is equally critical. People can’t work, hunt, fish, or take care of their families when they are sick.
This bill is good for our budget, too. My proposal will save the State money because we will be able to receive federal dollars for many Alaskans whose health care costs we now cover entirely with State money. Even after the 10 percent State match kicks in, the savings to the State will exceed the costs.
I’ve received written confirmation from the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services that Alaska can withdraw from the Medicaid expansion program if the State’s required match goes above 10 percent.
This is where I need your help.
Val Davidson, Alaska’s Commissioner of Department of Health and Social Services, is working tirelessly to get Medicaid reform and expansion through the Legislature. She can’t do it alone. We are asking you to speak out. Tell your legislators that you support my Medicaid reform and expansion bill. Please consider doing one of the following:
Tell the Legislature that you support Medicaid reform and expansion because it will keep Alaskans healthy, in the workforce, and thriving for years to come.
As Alaskans, we are in this together. I hope you will help us get this important piece of legislation passed. Alaskans have a long tradition of taking care of each other.
Let’s reform and expand Medicaid. It’s the right thing to do.
Governor Bill Walker