The healthcare industry touches many aspects of public policy and AHHA monitors a broad spectrum of issues. During the state legislative session, AHHA convenes a Legislative Committee to guide policy decisions and holds a weekly meeting for health care lobbyists and government affairs staff. 

2022 Legislative Session


Issue Briefs & Letters

Legislative Presentations


Medicaid providers health coverage and long term care services for low-income Alaskans. Medicaid serves Alaska’s most vulnerable: children, seniors, people with disabilities, pregnant women, and very low income or working poor.  234,763 people are covered by Medicaid in Alaska (Nov. 30, 2020) This includes 62,524 covered by Medicaid expansion. Over the past 5 years, enrollment in Medicaid has increased due to Alaska’s economic recession, Medicaid expansion, and more recently the COVID pandemic. However, State general fund spending has remained flat while federal spending has increased. Alaska has been able to provide health care to more people in need for little additional cost. 

Please note: The Alaska Hospital & Healthcare Association (AHHA) was formerly the Alaska State Hospital & Nursing Home Association (ASHNHA). In May, 2022, the board passed a resolution to change the association's name in an effort to adopt a more inclusive, concise, and relevant title to represent our members and mission. Many of the resources listed on this page still have the ASHNHA title and references.