Governor Walker introduces legislation to expand Medicaid in Alaska

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:

Contact your legislator
Send your legislator a
Public Opinion Message
Write a letter to the editor
Share this message with your friends
and neighbors

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.

Sincerely,

Governor Bill Walker

gov.alaska.gov/medicaid
Office of the Governor | P.O. Box 110001 | Juneau, AK 99811
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Alaska Young Democrats Host Sham Jam 30th Anniversary

Sham Jam 30 Poster 1 3-14-15

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Governor Walker pushes forward with Medicaid expansion

On February 6, 2015, Governor Walker held a press conference about his administration’s plan to expand Medicaid. Watch it at https://vimeo.com/118961314

Governor Walker and Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Commissioner Val Davidson at press conference Feb. 6, 2015

Governor Walker and Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Commissioner Val Davidson at press conference Feb. 6, 2015

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Public invited to attend Annual Democratic Auction Saturday, Jan. 24, 6pm, at Rockwell in downtown Juneau

2015 Auction poster 1-20-15

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Legislators return to State Capitol for 29th Alaska Legislature

The public is invited to attend a “Welcome Back to Juneau” fundraiser hosted by the Senate and House Democratic Campaign Committees. It’s Monday, Jan. 19, 5-8pm, at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. Their special guest will be Lt. Governor Byron Mallott. Light refreshments will be served. Please join us!

SDCC HDCC Juneau Museum 1-19-15

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Juneau Inaugural Ball Saturday, January 10, 2015, Centennial Hall & JACC, 8pm

Inauguration Poster

Come enjoy wonderful music, dessert bar, and no-host bar, to celebrate Alaska’s new Unity Team!

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Alaska welcomes Unity Ticket — Governor Bill Walker and Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott

Walker Mallott inauguration pic 12-1-14

Governor Bill Walker and Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott were sworn in Monday, December 1, 2014. This is Alaska’s first bi-partisan ticket; Bill Walker is an Independent; Byron Mallott is a Democrat. They are also Alaska’s first Governor and Lt. Governor both born in Alaska, and Lt. Governor Mallott is Alaska’s first Native Alaskan elected to statewide office. See links below for pictures and coverage of Inauguration Day.

Alaska Dispatch: http://www.adn.com/slideshow/photos-inauguration-day-new-alaska-gov-bill-walker

Juneau Empire: http://juneauempire.com/slideshow/2014-12-02/slideshow-walker-mallot-inauguration#slide-1

Watch KTOO 360 North’s coverage of the swearing in ceremony here: http://www.360north.org/2014/11/26/special-gavel-alaska-coverage-walker-mallott-swearing/

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