Medicaid Expansion: Follow the Money

When it comes to public policy, many times it is necessary to follow the money and see who benefits financially.  So, let’s look at some organizations that support Medicaid expansion in Alaska and note the current connection to funding from the State.  Many of these organizations do great work helping the less fortunate and we applaud them for that.  Matter of fact, they provide some necessary social services at a much lower cost than the State of Alaska could.  We are not questioning their value to communities, nor are we questioning the vital needs they fulfill.

There is a listing of organizations that support Medicaid expansion on the Governor’s website.   We have provided that listing at the end of this article.  In this fiscal year (2015) many of these organizations received funding from the State to support their operations.  This funding totaled more than $69 million for fy 2015.  Some on this list received no state funding.  Here are the top five organizations that received the most funding (more than $18 million) from Alaska:

  • Alaska Family Services
  • The ARC of Anchorage
  • Catholic Community Services
  • Fairbanks Native Association
  • Tanana Chiefs Conference

There are many other organizations that would gain financially from expanding Medicaid.  These would include the major hospitals, nursing homes, and larger group practices.  However, one needs to ask if these organizations listed below had “their arms twisted” or stand to gain more money from the expansion of this costly program.  Just follow the money.

Here is the list of those organizations that support Medicaid expansion (bold indicates this organization has received state grants for fy2015):

Updated 4/17/2015 12:02 PM. State of Alaska Office of the Governor
1. AARP Alaska
2. Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis, Inc. (AWAIC)
3. Ahtna, Incorporated
4. AK Child & Family
6. Alaska AFL-CIO
7. Alaska AIDS Assistance Association
8. Alaska Association on Developmental Disabilities
9. Alaska Baptist Family Services
10. Alaska Behavioral Health Association
11. Alaska Brain Injury Network
12. Alaska Chamber
13. Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness
14. Alaska Commission on Aging
15. Alaska Early Childhood Advocacy Group
16. Alaska Family Services
17. Alaska Federation of Natives
18. Alaska Geriatric Exchange Network
19. Alaska Injury Prevention Center
20. Alaska Island Community Services
21. Alaska Legal Services Corp.
22. Alaska Literacy Program
23. Alaska Mental Health Board and Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
24. Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority
25. Alaska Municipal League
26. Alaska National Association of Women
27. Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 70
28. Alaska Native Health Board
29. Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
30. Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
31. Alaska Nurses Association
32. Alaska Pharmacists Association
33. Alaska Physical Therapy Association
34. Alaska Physicians & Surgeons
35. Alaska Primary Care Association
36. Alaska Psychological Association
37. Alaska State Hospital & Nursing Home Association
38. Alaska State Medical Association
39. Alaska Women’s Lobby
40. Alaska Youth & Family Network
41. Aleutian Housing Authority
42. Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc.
43. American Cancer Society
44. American Diabetes Association
45. American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
46. American Lung Association in Alaska
47. Anchorage Chamber of Commerce
48. Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness
49. Anchorage Community Mental Health Services
50. Anchorage Faith & Action Congregations Together
51. Anchorage Human and Social Services Executive Directors
52. Anchorage Municipal Assembly
53. Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center
54. Anchorage Youth Development Coalition (AYDC)
55. ANCSA Regional Association
56. The Arc of Anchorage
57. Arctic Alliance for People
58. Arctic Slope Native Association
59. Asa’carsarmiut Tribal Council
60. Assets, Inc.
61. Bartlett Regional Hospital
62. Bering Straits Native Corporation
63. Bethel Chamber of Commerce
64. Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation
65. Bristol Bay Native Association
66. Bristol Bay Native Corporation
67. Camp Fire USA Alaska Council
68. Cancer Action Network
69. Catholic Community Services
70. Catholic Social Services
71. CCS Early Learning
72. Central Peninsula Hospital
74. City of Barrow
75. City of Pelican
76. City of Valdez
77. Community Connections
78. Congregation Sukkat Shalom
79. Cook Inlet Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse
80. Cook Inlet Region Inc.
81. Cook Inlet Tribal Council
82. Co-Occurring Disorders Institute
83. Cordova Community Medical Center
84. Covenant House Alaska
85. Curyung Tribal Council
86. Denali Family Services
87. Doyon Limited
88. Effective Health Design
89. Enroll Alaska
90. Fairbanks Community Mental Health Services
91. Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation
92. Fairbanks Native Association
93. Family Centered Services of Alaska
94. Food Bank of Alaska
95. Foraker Group
96. Frontier Community Services
97. Gastineau Human Services Corporation
98. Governor’s Council on Disabilities & Special Education
99. Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation
100. Hope Community Resources, Inc.
101. Identity Inc.
102. Iliuliuk Family and Health Services
103. Interior Aids Association
104. Juneau Alliance for Mental Health, Inc.
105. Juneau Central Council AFL/ CIO
106. Juneau City & Borough Assembly
107. Juneau Economic Development Council
108. Juneau Tlingit & Haida Community Council
109. Juneau Youth Services
110. Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly
111. Kenaitze Indian Tribe
112. Kodiak Area Native Association
113. League of Women Voters of Alaska
114. March of Dimes Foundation Alaska Chapter
115. Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly
116. Mat-Su Health Foundation
117. Mat-Su Health Services, Inc.
118. Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Foundation
119. Municipality of Skagway
120. NAACP
121. NAMI
122. NANA Regional Corporation
123. Narcotic Drug Treatment Center, Inc.
124. National Association of Social Workers – Alaska Chapter
125. National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Juneau, Alaska
126. Native Village of White Mountain
127. NEA Alaska
128. New Koliganek Village Council
129. Nine Star Education and Employment Services
130. Nondalton Tribal Council
131. North Slope Borough
132. North Star Behavioral Health
133. Norton Sound Health Corporation
134. Peninsula Community Health Services of Alaska
135. Petersburg Mental Health Services, Inc.
136. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest
137. Professional Nursing Consultants
138. Railbelt Mental Health & Addictions
139. Rainforest Recovery Center
140. Residential Youth Care, Inc.
141. RurAL CAP
142. SeaView Community Services
143. Sitka Borough Assembly
144. Sitka Counseling & Prevention Services
145. Sitka Tribe of Alaska
146. Southcentral Foundation
147. Southeast Alaska Independent Living, Inc.
148. Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
149. South Peninsula Behavioral Health Services, Inc.
150. Statewide Independent Living Council of Alaska
151. Tanana Chiefs Conference
152. Tanana Valley Clinic
153. Tangirnaq Native Village/ Woody Island Tribal Council
154. thread
155. United Way of Anchorage
156. Valdez Health Advisory Council
157. Valley Medical Care
158. Volunteers of America Alaska
159. Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation
160. YWCA Alaska