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Alaska Gov. Bill Walker announces intent to expand Medicaid

Gov. Bill Walker said Thursday that he intends to accept federal money to expand Medicaid coverage in Alaska, regardless of whether he gets the blessing of state lawmakers to do so. "Today, Alaska becomes the 30th state to accept the benefits of Medicaid expansion," Walker said to applause at an event announcing his plans in Anchorage. Walker, who was elected last fall, campaigned on expanding Medicaid to provide health care coverage to thousands more lower-income Alaskans. But he ran into resistance from leaders in the Republican-led Legislature, who among other things expressed concern with adding more people to a system they saw as broken. Some legislators wanted to see...