Legislature(2007 - 2008)BUTROVICH 205
01/25/2008 01:30 PM HEALTH, EDUCATION & SOCIAL SERVICES
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SB 212-MEDICAL ASSISTANCE ELIGIBILITY CHAIR DAVIS announced consideration of SB 212 and asked if the administration had anything to add regarding this bill. She then opened the floor to testimony. 1:34:16 PM SARALYN TABACHNICK, Executive Director, Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies, Inc. (AWARE), felt that SB 212 would be very helpful to the people they serve, who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. 1:36:30 PM CHAIR DAVIS asked to hear from anyone who had concerns about or opposed the bill. Those in favor of the bill were asked to raise their hands and were noted by number. She then called for testimony from witnesses present by teleconference. STEVE HORN, Executive Director, Alaska Behavioral Health Association and member of the Governor's Health Care Strategic Planning Council, testified in support of SB 212 and encouraged the legislature to move forward with the bill. KIM ADALIA-LEFF, Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living, Fairbanks, testified in support of SB 212 as a single parent dependent upon access to Denali Kid Care. DR. BOB URATA, Family Practice Physician and member of the Governor's Health Care Strategic Planning Council, Juneau, Alaska, urged the legislature to pass SB 212 because it would leverage federal money to assist the state in providing health care to the 15,000 or more uninsured children in the state. ELLIE FITZGERALD, Director, Division of Public Assistance, Health and Social Services, Juneau, Alaska, offered to answer any questions regarding the fiscal notes or enrollment. SENATOR ELTON asked how many Alaskans would be added to the program by changing the limit from 175 to 200 percent of the federal poverty level. MS. FITZGERALD responded that the department estimated 1277 children would be enrolled if the change were made as reflected in the fiscal note. She added that when the level was changed to 175 percent, 843 more children were enrolled. She did not have data available on the number of pregnant women who would be enrolled if this change were made. 1:44:46 PM SENATOR THOMAS moved to report SB 212 from committee with individual recommendations and attached fiscal note(s). There being no objection, the motion carried.