I asked the state Department of Health and Social Services Wednesday for comment on the matter, but received no reply. I asked how many Alaskans will see a reduction in benefits, why this has been kept quiet by the administration and whether it will be announced to the public. Alaskans should have had the chance to weigh in on the proposal, as this reduction is a significant one for some of the poorest people in Alaska, roughly a 10 percent drop in income for some. A cut of this size will make it harder for many to remain independent. Instead of issuing a clear statement on this cut, the change is hidden in the last column of figures on this table, a document that means nothing to people without an explanation. The anonymous authors of the letter could not have made it more difficult to understand their plan and blame it on forces beyond the control of anyone in the Dunleavy administration, pretending that this was not a decision made by humans who work for state government.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Adult Public Assistance (APA): The Basics
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If you qualify for these benefits, you get monthly payments to help you pay for your basic needs. If you get APA benefits, you can also get Medicaid health coverage automatically, without having to file a separate application, as long as you check the Medicaid box on the application form. Many people who qualify for one of the benefits also qualify for the other.
But a letter from the Department of Health and Social Services sent to two state lawmakers on Monday evening cast doubt on whether the cuts will actually happen - or at least to what extent. The Health Department is at least partially reneging on those reductions now, despite the fact that it already sent letters to more than 19, individuals warning them of an impending cut. In the letter to legislators, the Department of Health and Social Services says that letters like the one Lyons received can be ignored. Dunleavy also wrote that approximately 1, recipients in assisted living homes will realize an increase in monthly benefits as a result of the planned changes. Click Here to access the online Public Inspection File.