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Two years ago, Sen. Bettye Davis introduced a bill to raise the eligibility level for Denali KidCare from 175 percent to 200 percent of the federal poverty line (Senate Bill 13 - Medical Assistance Eligibility).
Denali KidCare provides much-needed health care to children and pregnant women around our state. With the passage of SB 13, an additional 1,200 children and 200 pregnant women in Alaska will receive much-needed health insurance. We are happy to report that SB 13 has recently moved out of the House Health and Social Services Committee and is now in the House Finance Committee. We anticipate House Finance to pass this bill quickly so it will go before a final vote.
Currently, Alaska is one of only two states in the nation that limits income eligibility to lower than 200 percent of poverty. This is not a fact we should be proud of. Please ask your representatives to support the passage of this very important bill. Time is running out and the health of future generations of our state depend on it.
Alaska Women's Lobby