State Senator David Pushing for Denali KidCare Expansion

Senator Bettye Davis wants to push for expansion of a health insurance program for low-income children and pregnant women.

Davis’ proposal would raise the income eligibility threshold for Denali KidCare from 175 percent to 200 percent of the federal poverty line.

Governor Parnell vetoed expansion last year, saying the program paid for abortions. Davis revived the issue this past session, but it was defeated in the Senate.

Davis says the bill would extend coverage to another 1,300 children and 200 women. She says personal views shouldn’t take priority over what

Alaska children need. A hearing on the issue is scheduled for Thursday in Anchorage.

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