Alaska Medicaid Cuts Under Graham-Cassidy

Senator Murkowski opposed TrumpCare, and for good reason. She should oppose Graham-Cassidy too, in part because Alaska stands to lose $255 million in federal funding by 2026. Not to mention the 107,000 Alaskans with pre-existing conditions that would be hurt by this bill, and the 10,000 Alaskans relying on the ACA for treatment for opioid abuse whose care would be in jeopardy. And according to the Center for American Progress, 41,000 Alaskans will lose coverage.

18% of Alaskans are covered by Medicaid or CHIP, and Graham-Cassidy destroys Medicaid as we know it. It ends the Medicaid expansion in Alaska and every other state that chose to expand, and then caps traditional Medicaid in a way that will leave many Alaskans without a way to get the care they need.

Mitch McConnell is trying to bribe Senator Murkowski with a new slush, but the slush fund isn’t enough to make up for the bill’s devastating cuts. Senator Murkowski should reject Graham-Cassidy—with or without the Polar Payoff—and stand with Alaskans that rely on Medicaid.

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you tell me how Senator Murkowski will vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill if it comes up for a vote?

Staffer: The Senator is still reviewing the text of the bill and hasn’t taken a position on it. There is no vote scheduled on that bill though.

Caller: I hope that Senator Murkowski will oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill has not gone through regular order, as she has called for repeatedly. The bill is just like other TrumpCare bills in that it radically transforms Medicaid into a cap system and ends the Medicaid expansion, which hurts states like ours that wisely chose to expand. 18% of Alaskans rely on Medicaid or CHIP and the so-called “block grants” proposed under Graham-Cassidy would be woefully inadequate to make up for the destruction of Medicaid as we know it.

Staffer: Senator Murkowski is committed to making sure that Alaskans have the affordable coverage they need.

Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants to do, then she should publicly oppose Graham-Cassidy and instead work with her colleagues on the bipartisan process that had been underway in the HELP Committee.

Staffer: I’ll let the Senator know your thoughts.

Caller: Yes, please do. I will be watching this vote closely and I expect Senator Murkowski to oppose. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what she decides to do.

AlaskaCaroline Kavit