FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 03. 2014, 9:00 AM
Contact: Kevin D. McGee, (907) 441-2137
New Study Finds Thousands of Alaskans Lose Medical Care Because of Medicaid Rejection: Medicaid rejection denies care, increases debt, harms Alaska economy
ANCHORAGE: A new study by the Council of Economic Advisers shows Alaskans are losing health care, missing out on job opportunities, and becoming more indebted because the Governor rejected Medicaid. The study finds thousands of Alaskans are missing out on mammograms, pap smears, and other doctors visits while Medicaid rejection causes more Alaskans to be in debt as Alaska misses out on new job opportunities.
"This new study is a reminder that Medicaid rejection is bad for our state economy, bad for Alaskans' pocketbooks, and harmful to our health," said Kevin McGee, NAACP, Anchorage, 1st Vice President, Chairman, Political Action Committee.
As the new economic study shows, Gov. Parnell's decision not to expand Medicaid reduces availability of preventive care while adding to Alaskans' debt burden and reducing the number of jobs in Alaska.
Alaska Impacts of Medicaid Denial: