Letter: I'm one of 40,000

I am one of the 40,000 Alaskans who will not have health insurance coverage due to Gov. Sean Parnell’s decision to not expand Medicaid. In response to his desire to “know more about this category (of people),” I am in reasonably good health, remain physically active, and have been covered by health insurance for decades.

 

This year I cared for my elderly father. I wouldn’t change it for the world because of what it meant for my father and me, but it resulted in reduced income and a loss of health insurance.

If Gov. Parnell wants to oppose “Obamacare,” that’s certainly his choice. If Gov. Parnell wants to take a longer view and form a Medicaid Reform Advisory Group to address gaps in Alaskans’ access to health care, terrific! But to intentionally leave a category of Alaskans uninsured for several years, with no immediate or temporary solution, until Medicaid revisions are implemented in 2016 at the soonest, his plan seems negligent, at best.

I am just one voice, but am joined by many with varied points of view, including members of the AARP, Alaska Hospital and Nursing Home Association, Alaska Chamber of Commerce, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Alaska Federation of Natives, Anchorage NAACP, and Anchorage Faith and Action/Congregations Together. We all want Gov. Parnell to find a way that is equitable for all Alaskans to be covered as soon as possible.

Shosh Seligman

Juneau

CONTACT US

  • Switchboard: 907-586-3740
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-586-3740
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Business Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-523-2230
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback

ADVERTISING

SUBSCRIBER SERVICES

SOCIAL NETWORKING

 

More

Still bad for Alaska

The few changes to Senate health care bill (done again in secret) do nothing to make it less bad in general and especially bad for... Read more

Better care for whom?

The Senate is considering a repeal/replace bill for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) called the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), and I say, better care... Read more

Planned Parenthood saved my life

When I was 23 years old, Planned Parenthood saved my life. I had just graduated from college and was starting my career. My job did... Read more

23 million Americans would lose health care

Dear U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan,

Read more