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Medicaid covers 210,000 Alaskans
Alaska’s Medicaid population is now over 210,000 recipients, up from 123,335 in 2015 before Gov. Bill Walker expanded the program. The state Department of Health and Social Services is strug- gling with the administrative load with a processing backlog of about 15,500 new applicants. The cur- rent enrollment total constitutes about 24 percent of the state’s population. Gov. Mike Dunleavy wants to reduce the program’s costs but there are no plans for now to roll the expansion back.

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