• On July 16, 2015, Alaska Governor Bill Walker (I) issued a letter to the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee giving members notice of his intention to accept additional federal and Mental Health Trust Fund Authority funds to expand Medicaid in Alaska. A Department of Health and Social Services press release may be found here. “The Department…stands ready to implement Medicaid expansion,” it reads. “DHSS staff have been working diligently to prepare for Medicaid expansion,” Health and Social Services Commissioner Valerie Davidson said. “The new Medicaid claims payment system that had a rocky start two years ago is now working, and the new eligibility and enrollment system is being modified to automate and streamline the process for review and approval of applications.” Nearly 42,000 Alaskans will be eligible for expansion. Approximately 21,000 Alaskans are expected to enroll in the first year.
  • On July 15, 2015, America’s Health Insurance Plans’(AHIP) Board of Directors unanimously elected former CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner as AHIP President and CEO. A statement from AHIP Board Chair Mark Ganz on her appointment may be found here.