Impact of state budget reductions on hospitals outlined on Action Line

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Hospitals around the state are alarmed at the budget for next fiscal year proposed by Governor Mike Dunleavy

    Hospital officials are worried about repealing Medicaid expansion.

    Bartlett Regional Hospital CEO Chuck Bill summed up the statewide impact on Action Line.  He explained there are two pots of Medicaid money.  One is the original program and the other is the expanded program.  Funding for the original program is split between the state and federal governments while 93percent of the funding for the expanded program comes from the federal government.   Bill says the projected cut in state funding amounts to about $250 Million  while the reduction in federal funding would be twice that figure.

    Elimination of Medicaid funding would have a significant impact on Juneau's hospital.  Bill says they're looking at a minimum hit of about $6 Million.\

    Lawmakers will get an earful from hospital officials during the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association's annual legislative fly-in Tuesday and Wednesday.


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