This is from a press release from Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest:
Under the shaky and soon to end leadership of Sean Parnell, Alaska is one of over 20 states that have refused to expand Medicaid. According to an April Gallup poll, states that have expanded Medicaid and opened their own exchanges have seen a higher rate of decline in the number of uninsured. At the time, the 21 states and the District of Columbia which have both expanded Medicaid and opened their own exchange, saw an average decline in uninsured of 2.5 percent. The other 29 states that didn’t enact both measures had a dip in uninsured of less than 1 percent on average.
MEDICAID EXPANSION IN ALASKA BY THE NUMBERS
- 19,000 women aged 18-64 could gain Medicaid coverage under expansion. [Center for American Progress, 2/27/13]
- 64,000 residents will be newly eligible for the expansion, 44,500 of whom are previously uninsured. [The Lewin Group,4/12/13]
- Due to Parnell and the legislature’s refusal to expand, about 17,000 uninsured adults who would have been eligible for Medicaid fell into the “coverage gap,” left without access to affordable health care. When a state does not expand Medicaid coverage, many low-income adults without children remain ineligible for Medicaid and are also unable to access financial assistance to purchase private coverage in the Marketplace. [Kaiser Family Foundation,1/6/14]
- An additional 900 women will receive mammograms and 1,500 will receive pap smears, increasing access to important preventive health care services. [The White House,7/14]
- Federal dollars for Medicaid expansion would reduce the burden on our overcrowded emergency rooms.In 2008, state and local governments spent nearly $10.6 billion (20 percent) of the cost of caring for uninsured individuals in hospitals. [American Heart Association, 11/6/14]