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Public doubts Court’s fairness on Obamacare May Issue 3 2015

Public doubts Court’s fairness on Obamacare

Walker introduces legislation to expand Medicaid March Issue 4 2015

Walker introduces legislation to expand Medicaid

Bowing to legislators’ requests, Gov. Bill Walker introduced legislation March 17 setting out a broad framework for reform of the state-managed Medicaid program and also expanding the program to provide health coverage to an estimated 40,000 uninsured Alaskans.

Kelly proposes Medicaid reforms before expansion March Issue 3 2015

Kelly proposes Medicaid reforms before expansion

Legislators have now signaled they want to see efforts at reforming the Medicaid program before expanding it, a setback for Gov. Bill Walker’s major legislative initiative this year.

Sharp questions in opening hearings for Medicaid plan February Issue 4 2015

Sharp questions in opening hearings for Medicaid plan

Medicaid expansion is taking on a partisan edge in Juneau, to no surprise. Hearings on the plan by Gov. Bill Walker opened Feb. 16 in a House Finance subcommittee. Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Valerie Davidson made the case for expansion, citing improved health care for Alaskans, lower near-term costs to the state budget, and lower costs for many employers if workers have better access to health care.