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Alaska needs legislation, not lawsuits, on Medicaid

...Legislative Council, a special panel of the Alaska Legislature, voted 10-1 to spend $450,000 on a lawsuit against Gov. Bill Walker. There are few words to express our disappointment. As the state cuts vital services like public safety and education...
Voices of Alaska: Time for Alaskans to pull together

...attention now to Medicaid reform and redesign. We need to work together to ensure Medicaid remains an effective and affordable safety net over the long term. It's time for collaboration, not litigation.Bill Walker is governor of Alaska.
Still searching for health care solutions

...And on Friday, a state Superior Court judge rejected a request from the Alaska Legislative Council to block Gov. Bill Walker's expansion of Medicaid. With the ruling and absent the intervention of the Alaska Supreme Court, expansion of Medicaid...
Judge rejects call to block Walker from expanding Medicaid

JUNEAU - A judge on Friday rejected a request by state lawmakers to temporarily block Gov. Bill Walker from expanding Medicaid in Alaska.Superior Court Judge Frank Pfiffner denied the request by the Alaska Legislative Council to...
Suit seeks to bar Walker from expanding Medicaid on his own

JUNEAU - The state could face irreparable fiscal injury if Gov. Bill Walker's plan to expand Medicaid coverage in Alaska takes effect next week, according to a lawsuit brought by state lawmakers challenging...
Time to let some air out of the political football possible that both sides have a valid point?This week, the Legislative Council voted to file suit against Gov. Bill Walker to block his proposed expansion of the health care program that finances coverage for low-income Alaskans.The Legislative...
School board seats sought by incumbents

...reduced. Another is requesting forward funding from the state, he said. During the 2015 legislative session, Gov. Bill Walker eliminated the one-time funding allocation, previously promised to Alaska's school districts. Navarre said it...
Falling oil prices gouge state budget deeper

...October, about the same time that Hoffbeck will begin the process of updating the state's revenue forecast and Gov. Bill Walker will begin to roll out proposals for revenue legislation."It looks as if it's going to be a busier fall," said...
Lawmakers discuss Gov. Bill Walker's Medicaid expansion

...Legislative Budget and Audit Committee said Wednesday that he will take under advisement requests to hold a hearing on Gov. Bill Walker's proposal to accept federal funds for Medicaid expansion.But Rep. Mike Hawker, R-Anchorage, said Walker has...
Governor plans to call for company buy-out in gas project

JUNEAU - Gov. Bill Walker said Monday that he plans to recommend to legislators that the state buy out TransCanada Corp.'s position in the major liquefied...


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