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Medicaid provides healthcare to 32,958 Alaskans including children from low income families, low income seniors, and people with disabilities. To protect thousands of Alaskans and millions of Americans from harm, policymakers should reject any health bill that:

  • Causes people to lose coverage.
  • Caps or cuts Medicaid or ends the Medicaid expansion.
  • Takes away critical essential health benefits and protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
 
 
  1. Anchorage Pioneer Home serves 168 Alaskan elders over 65.  Medicaid provides 10,002 Alaskan seniors with access to long-term-care services allowing them to live out their lives with care and dignity (1).
  2. Akeela House Recovery Center provides clinical and prevention programs across Alaska funded by Medicaid. Cuts to Medicaid funding threatens the center’s ability to serve those in deep poverty and with a disability.
  3. Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center addresses the unmet need in the Anchorage community for primary care regardless of ability to pay. 37 percent of clients in 2016 used Medicaid to access this care (2). Nationally, Medicaid pays 60 percent of care for disabled kids and half of all pregnancies (3).
  4. Providence Family Medicine Center:  326,400 non-elderly Alaskans live with pre-existing health conditions. The AHCA would reverse protections for these people and allow insurance companies to charge higher premiums (4).
  5. Providence Medical Center:  The AHCA would cost Alaska about 2,300 lost jobs by 2022, according to an Economic Policy Institute analysis (5). Providence Health & Services Alaska is the largest private employer and a core job creator in many local economies.
  6. Anchorage Fire Department: Alaska faces a severe opioid crisis. The AHCA’s $834 billion cuts to Medicaid and effective elimination of Medicaid expansion, would dramatically reduce Alaska’s ability to provide rehabilitation and treatment to those who need help to recover from addiction.
  7. Anchorage Police Department: Emergency responders including Anchorage Fire and Police forces predict increased risks to public safety as Medicaid makes drug treatment less accessible and less affordable for more people who suffer from addiction.
  8. Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) provides medical services and behavioral health care to Alaska Native and American Indian residents. Gutting Medicaid reduces funding for Alaska's rural hospitals and dozens of tribal health clinics, jeopardizing their existence and making health care more expensive and less accessible for rural Alaskans.
  9. Providence Extended Care serves Anchorage with long-term skilled-nursing care and rehabilitation services. 62,500 people in Alaska are at risk of health-coverage loss by 2026, including 15,100 people who rely on Medicaid (6).
  10. Alaska Veteran Affairs Healthcare System: Alaska veterans who served and sacrificed for our country are at risk of losing their health coverage. Due to the Affordable Care Act, the uninsured rate of veterans dropped by 42 percent between 2013 and 2015 (7). The AHCA would reverse this progress.

Sources:

  1. Medicaid in Alaska Dashboard, Department of Health and Social Services, Apr 30 2017. http://dhss.alaska.gov/HealthyAlaska/Pages/dashboard.aspx
  2. Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center 2016 Annual Report, https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/f9959d_48ee6c2a81a54bcf960808aac4da7b01.pdf 
  3. Medicaid Pocket Primer, The Kaiser Family Foundation, Jan 3 2017, http://kff.org/medicaid/fact-sheet/medicaid-pocket-primer/
  4. Gee, Emily, Number of Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions by Congressional District, Center for American Progress, April 5, 2017, https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/healthcare/news/2017/04/05/430059/number-americans-pre-existing-conditions-congressional-district/ 
  5. Bivens, Josh, How Many Jobs Could the AHCA Cost Your State? Economic Policy Institute, Mar 24 2017, http://www.epi.org/publication/how-many-jobs-could-the-ahca-cost-your-state/
  6. Cutler, John et. al., Coverage Losses Under the ACA Repeal Bill for Congressional Districts in All States, Center for American Progress, March 21, 2017,  https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/healthcare/news/2017/03/21/428914/coverage-losses-aca-repeal- bill-congressional-districts-states/ 
  7. Haley, Jennifer et. al., Veterans and Their Family Members Gain Coverage Under the ACA, but Opportunities for More Progress Remain, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Sept 2016,  http://www.rwjf.org/content/dam/farm/reports/reports/2016/rwjf431690