Secretary Burwell’s Letter to Governor Walker Outlines Funding Opportunities for Expansion


Alaska is in need of the Federal Government’s support. Governor of Alaska, Walker Mallott has released a correspondence from Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell. The letter responds to Mallott’s request for support. In the later, dated August 31st, there are confirmations on opportunities and administration waivers.

On the letter there is an increase for federal reimbursement medical travels from 50 to 100 percent. This will be for Medicaid-eligible American Indians and Alaska Natives who receive care in Indian Health Service facilities.

Secretary Burnwell

The waiver also saw the increase in reimbursement of referrals for Alaska Natives and American Indians from 50 percent to 100 percent. There will also be a waiver on A1115 for substance abuse and mental treatments. Institution for Mental Disease will allow for Medicaid payments.

The letter also confirmed an commitment to increase support for community-based care services. Enrollees of Medicaid services will receive advantage plans and enjoy the reduced costs. The main goal of Secretary Burnwell’s waiver is to improve health, reduce the costs of plans such as the Medicaid plan and avoid high cost care. The model will also focus largely on enrollees with hypertension, mood disorders, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart failure.