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2018-05-02 Senate Journal

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2018-05-02                     Senate Journal                      Page 2926
SB 193                                                                                                                        
The Finance Committee considered SENATE BILL NO. 193 "An Act                                                                    
requiring the Department of Health and Social Services to apply for a                                                           
waiver to establish work requirements for certain adults who are                                                                
eligible for the state medical assistance program" and recommended                                                              
the adoption of the Health and Social Services Committee Substitute                                                             
offered on page 2409 and further recommended the adoption of the                                                                
following Finance Committee Letter of Intent:                                                                                   
                               Letter of Intent                                                                                
     It is the intent of the Alaska State Legislature that the                                                                  
     Department of Health and Social Services work with the                                                                     
     Department of Labor and Workforce Development to                                                                           
     complete a needs-based analysis on workforce development                                                                   
     and employability of the adults who are eligible for medical                                                               
     assistance under AS 47.07.020, subject to the work                                                                         
     requirement of AS 47.07.036 (enacted by Senate Bill 193),                                                                  
     and currently do not meet the work requirement.                                                                            
     The analysis should identify barriers to employment for this                                                               
     population, existing state programs that could meet the                                                                    
     needs of this population, and any necessary statutory                                                                      
     changes to allow cooperation between departments to utilize                                                                
     existing programs to meet federal standards required by the                                                                
     section 1115 waiver.                                                                                                       
     The goal of this analysis is to further refine cost estimates                                                              
     associated with this legislation and to promote successful                                                                 
Signing do pass: Senator Bishop, Vice Chair; Senators von Imhof,                                                                
Micciche. Signing no recommendation: Senators Stevens, Olson.                                                                   
Fiscal information forthcoming.                                                                                                 
The bill was referred to the Rules Committee.