Top 9 Occupations of Working but Uninsured in Alaska Who Would Benefit from Expanding Health Coverage
Update (8/31/2015): Alaska Governor Bill Walker announced he will use executive authority to expand Medicaid in July 2015. Enrollment in the program will begin September 1 despite ongoing litigation by opponents of Medicaid expansion in the legislature challenging the governor’s actions in court.
In Alaska, more than 35,000 low-income residents lack access to health insurance. If Alaska chooses to accept federal dollars to expand Medicaid, those who would qualify for health coverage are residents with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level ($27,720 for a family of three in 2015). Our analysis finds that 65 percent of this population is working.