State wants study of Medicaid expansion costs

The state is soliciting proposals for a study on the cost of Medicaid expansion in Alaska.

The study is intended to help state officials as they weigh whether to expand Medicaid coverage levels for adults. It’s a choice that arose from this year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision on the federal health care overhaul. While the court upheld most of law, it found that states cannot lose existing Medicaid funding if they don’t expand Medicaid coverage levels for adults to 133 percent of the federal poverty threshold, beginning in 2014.

Gov. Sean Parnell has said he wants to thoroughly understand the costs to the state before making a decision.

The solicitation anticipates that a study would be completed in December. The budget for the project is $100,000.



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