Begich to Parnell: Accept Medicaid expansion

Sen. Mark Begich said in an interview with the Juneau Empire Monday that he hopes Gov. Sean Parnell will accept the Medicaid expansion provided with the Affordable Care Act soon.

“The governor’s indecision or lack of a decision is causing multiple problems,” Begich said.

Parnell is expected to announce whether he will authorize the Medicaid expansion by Dec. 15, when his 2015 budget proposal is due. Begich said he hopes Parnell will take the expansion sooner.

“It’s a sizable amount of money that could come into our economy, put more people on healthcare, more professionals could be hired,” Begich said. “It’s just a win, win, win.”

Correction: A spokeswoman for Sen. Mark Begich said Wednesday that the senator misspoke in an interview with the Juneau Empire Monday. Spokeswoman Heather Handyside said in an e-mail, "Alaskans who are eligible for subsidies to offset healthcare costs will receive those subsidies regardless of whether or not Medicaid expansion is enacted in Alaska." We've updated this story to reflect the correction. 

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