• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 15s

Parnell says he won’t expand Medicaid

By KTVA CBS 11 News 7:22 PM November 15, 2013

Alaska DHSS commissioned The Lewin Group to look into economic impacts of expansion

ANCHORAGE – Gov. Sean Parnell announced today that he won’t support an expansion of Medicaid at this time. Instead, he says he’ll work to reform Alaska’s Medicaid system.

The state-commissioned report on Medicaid expansion, released in April, reached his desk just two weeks ago, he said from his Anchorage office.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) commissioned the Lewin Group to look into the possible economic impacts of expansion.

According to the Lewin report, if Alaska decided not to expand Medicaid, it would cost the state about $40 million from 2014 to 2020 and approximately 19,900 people “will remain uninsured who would have otherwise gained coverage under Medicaid expansion,” the report stated.

The Affordable Care Act contains provisions that affect the state’s Medicaid program regardless of changes made to the current program. They include: “reforming the individual insurance markets by eliminating pre-existing condition exclusions, guaranteeing coverage and renewability of coverage, establishing Health Benefit Exchanges (HBEs), an individual mandate, subsidizing health insurance for people between 100 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL), and a mandate for large employers to offer health insurance,” the report said.

If the state decided to expand Medicaid to all adults below 138 percent of the federal poverty level, Medicaid spending would increase from about $200 million to about $300 million from 2014 to 2020. However, the expansion would yield federal funding between about $2 billion to $3.7 billion over the same period.

Click here to view the full report.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Training the next generation of TAPS workers

    by Emily Carlson on Jun 23, 10:57

    Alaska kids can’t escape childhood without a tale or two about the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Eirik Henry heard the stories. He knew he was going to be a welder before he could walk. “I think it’s a lot of fun to put something together that someone else can’t.” Henry says he may not have understood the […]

  • News

    Flint airport stabbing suspect tried to buy gun in U.S., FBI says

    by CBS News on Jun 23, 10:41

    DETROIT — The man suspected of stabbing an officer at a Michigan airport Wednesday unsuccessfully tried to buy a gun in the U.S. before the attack, but he did buy a knife here, the FBI said on Thursday. David Gelios, head of the FBI in Detroit, made the disclosure at a news conference. He did […]

  • Light shines bright on annual Midnight Sun Baseball Game

    by Dave Leval on Jun 23, 6:44

    Eager fans celebrate as they enter Growden Park in Fairbanks. Others wait to enter the historic stadium on an atypical game night. It’s the Midnight Sun Game, the 112th edition. That draws plenty of first-time fans to the ballpark, including, South Dakota’s Jason Roberts. “I heard it’s the place to be! Why not take in a […]

  • News

    Alaskan senators react to health care bill

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 23, 6:28

    Alaska’s senators have yet to take a stand on the health care bill saying they need more time to read through it. Senator Lisa Murkowski released a statement saying, “I remain committed to ensuring that all Alaskans have access to affordable, quality health care and will vet this bill through that lens.” One thing Murkowski […]

  • Two of three Mat-Su Senators now in the minority

    by Liz Raines on Jun 22, 21:11

    In an unexpected move Thursday evening, Rep. Shelley Hughes (R-Palmer) voted against a compromise budget bill put forward by the operating budget conference committee. Voting for the budget is a requirement for remaining in the Republican-led Majority caucus. Hughes now becomes the second Matsu Senator this year to leave the Majority. In April, Sen. Mike […]

  • Lifestyle

    3 key things to know about the Senate health care bill

    by CBS News on Jun 22, 18:36

    The Senate’s health insurance bill is finally available for scrutiny. While Washington watchers analyze its chances for passage, let’s take a look at the consequences for consumers. Here’s what you should keep an eye on as the bill moves forward toward inevitable tweaks and an expected vote next week. Subsidies. The Senate bill has edged […]

  • News

    UA system takes $8M cut in proposed agreement

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 22, 17:46

    The University of Alaska Board of Regents is moving forward after the legislature announced a funding agreement for the university system. The House and Senate agreed to a $317 million budget for the university and the regents voted to approve it. It’s a cut of $8 million, less than the regents asked for, but also […]

  • News

    Investigators probing if Trump campaign got info from Russian hacks

    by CBS News on Jun 22, 17:04

    CBS News has confirmed that congressional investigators are interested in whether Trump campaign associates obtained information from hacked voter databases. A source indicated it is still early on in the process of scrutinizing the issue, but the House Intelligence Committee is said to be scrutinizing relevant documents to see if there is a connection. TIME […]