Medicaid Reform/Expansion

Alaska expanded Medicaid to cover more people beginning Sept. 1, 2015. Medicaid expansion extends Medicaid coverage to eligible low-income adults between the ages of 19-64 without dependents. More health coverage means a healthier population, fewer people losing jobs because of health crises, greater productivity at work, fewer people getting charity care at costly hospital emergency rooms, and less strain on hospital and clinic budgets.

With the expansion of Medicaid, not only will members of our community receive the care they need but it will help reduce uncompensated care at hospitals. ASHNHA supports hospitals to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place. 

More detailed information to assist with education and advocacy is provided below.

Lunch and Learn Presentation 3-19-15 – Becky Hultberg’s presentation on Medicaid expansion.

Lunch & Learn 3-19-15 – Ted Helvoigt, Ph.D. presentation on Medicaid expansion

Governor’s Medicaid Expansion website – Site includes links to bill, fiscal note & supporters

Facts about Medicaid Expansion in Alaska– ASHNHA summary on benefits of Medicaid expansion.

Resolution in Support of Medicaid Expansion – Resolution Urging Alaska Legislature to Expand Medicaid

DHSS Medicaid Fact Sheet – Alaska DHSS Medicaid Expansion Fact Sheet

Impact of Medicaid expansion on uncompensated care  – ASHNHA summary of hospital uncompensated care.

Healthy Alaska Plan,  A Catalyst for Reform – Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

Presumptive Eligibility Toolkit for Hospitals