The governor reasons that Medicaid expansion would cost the state too much money when, in fact, the federal government has already authorized payment at 100 percent. Now, Commissioner Streur releases a new study citing the number of “left out” at a much smaller number (10,000-12,000) than the Lewin Report that the governor commissioned (43,000).
The new report minimizes the facts that the Indian Health Service cannot cover travel expenses, nor can community health clinics handle all health needs. If the new report is accurate and the number left out is so small, why doesn’t the governor accept Medicaid expansion? Shouldn’t the goal be that no Alaskan be left out?
— Kay Gajewski