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Medicaid expansion program begins accepting applications

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Alaska Supreme Court won't block Medicaid expansion

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Lawmakers seek Supreme Court intervention in Medicaid expansion

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Fairbanks politicians warned for violating 'billboard law'

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Judge to make initial ruling on Alaska Legislature’s Medicaid lawsuit

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    Medicaid expansion program begins accepting applications

    by Jacquie Slater on Sep 01, 23:39

    It’s a day that’s been months in the making: On Tuesday, Gov. Bill Walker’s Medicaid expansion program began accepting applications. With the official rollout, more than 20,000 Alaskans who previously did not qualify for Medicaid coverage became eligible. Officials say the expanded Medicaid program will cater to mostly single adults, ages 19 to 64, who […]

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    Alaska Supreme Court won’t block Medicaid expansion

    by Associated Press on Aug 31, 16:54

    The Alaska Supreme Court has refused to temporarily block the state of Alaska from expanding Medicaid. It’s a victory for Gov. Bill Walker, who announced this summer he was expanding Medicaid without the approval of the Legislature. Lawmakers sued after Walker announced he was going forward without their consent. On Friday, Superior Court Judge Frank […]

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    Lawmakers seek Supreme Court intervention in Medicaid expansion

    by Associated Press on Aug 28, 17:44

    Alaska lawmakers have turned to the highest court in Alaska in a last ditch effort to stop the expansion of Medicaid. A state-court judge on Friday rejected the request by lawmakers to temporarily block Gov. Bill Walker from expanding Medicaid while the judge considers the merits of the case. Lawmakers sued after Walker decided to […]

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    Fairbanks politicians warned for violating ‘billboard law’

    by Associated Press on Aug 28, 8:06

    Politicians in Fairbanks and the rest of the state are receiving letters warning them to obey the “billboard law” with their campaign signs. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1JBpU4M) that the law prohibits political signs on property along state-maintained roads, which in the Fairbanks North Star Borough are most roads. For a sign to be […]

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    Judge to make initial ruling on Alaska Legislature’s Medicaid lawsuit

    by Daniella Rivera on Aug 27, 22:50

    On Friday, Alaskan will learn if Gov. Bill Walker’s Medicaid expansion will roll out as planned on Sep. 1. The State Legislature is suing his administration, saying it’s unconstitutional for him to expand Medicaid on his own. The expansion would provide healthcare for up to 40,000 low-income Alaskans. On Thursday, attorneys representing the Legislature asked […]

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    Alaska lawmakers vote to sue over Gov. Walker’s Medicaid expansion plan

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 18, 13:51

    Updated Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 8:40 p.m. ANCHORAGE – Republican leaders in the Alaska Legislature have voted to go to court to try and stop Gov. Bill Walker from accepting federal funds to expand Medicaid in Alaska. Walker planned to begin implementing the expanded program on Sept. 1, but lawmakers will ask a judge to […]

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    Lawmakers to discuss whether to challenge Walker on Medicaid

    by Associated Press on Aug 18, 6:55

    House and Senate lawmakers plan to discuss whether to challenge Gov. Bill Walker’s authority to expand Medicaid coverage in Alaska. Questions center on whether the expansion population is a mandatory group for coverage or an optional group. The federal health care law expanded eligibility for Medicaid, but the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012 said states […]

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    Dunleavy threatens lawsuit over Walker’s Medicaid expansion plans

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 13, 22:23

    Sen. Mike Dunleavy is urging Gov. Bill Walker to nix his Medicaid expansion order or risk a lawsuit. In a memo to Walker and legislative committees, Dunleavy says Walker should rescind the order to give the Alaska Legislature time to “vet the issue, or risk a lawsuit over the Legislature’s constitutional authority to appropriate funds,” according […]

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    Special session costs top $886K

    by Associated Press on Aug 04, 14:11

    Figures show the two special sessions held as lawmakers struggled to agree on a state budget cost more than $886,000. Legislative Affairs Agency finance manager Jessica Geary expects the vast majority of claims have been submitted though some still could come in. The figure doesn’t include the cost of extending the regular session by eight […]

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    Murkowski announces upcoming ‘mobile offices’ in southeast, southcentral Alaska

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 31, 18:24

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski says Alaskans will have the chance to meet with staff members from her office during the month of August in several southcentral and southeastern communities. Staff will meet with those who have “concerns about issues and policies related to the federal government” and collect casework requests for Murkowski or other federal agencies […]

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    New director chosen for Alaska Division of Elections

    by Associated Press on Jul 27, 14:26

    Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has chosen a new director for Alaska’s Division of Elections. Claire Richardson, a special staff assistant to Mallott, said Mallott asked for and accepted the resignation of Gail Fenumiai on Friday. Richardson says there was nothing personal about the request; she says Mallott is thankful for the work Fenumiai has done […]

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    Senators seek hearing on Walker’s Medicaid expansion plans

    by Associated Press on Jul 22, 15:24

    The chairman of the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee says he’ll take under advisement requests to hold a hearing on Gov. Bill Walker’s proposal to accept federal funds for Medicaid expansion. But Republican Rep. Mike Hawker says Walker has the ability to pursue his plans regardless of what the committee says. Republican Sens. Anna MacKinnon […]

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    Judge signs with Jewell in dispute over exploration plan

    by Associated Press on Jul 21, 17:14

    A federal judge has sided with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell over whether Jewell must approve exploration plans meeting certain requirements for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The state last year sued the Interior Department for refusing to consider an exploration plan for the refuge’s coastal plain, calling it a violation of the Alaska National Interest […]

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    Gov. Walker announces Medicaid expansion plan

    by Lauren Maxwell, Hope Miller on Jul 16, 11:31

    Last Updated: Thurs. July 16, 2015 at 6:45 PM Alaska is the 30th state to accept Medicaid expansion, Gov. Bill Walker announced. Thursday, Walker sent a letter to the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee and gave members the required 45-day notice of his intention to accept additional funding to expand Medicaid in Alaska. The unilateral […]

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    Dept. of Revenue commissioner explains oil tax credit report

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 13, 23:25

    A recent report from the Department of Revenue says the state should not be investing in oil tax credits, but some say the report doesn’t give the credits enough value. Revenue Commissioner Randy Hoffbeck joined KTVA 11 to break down the numbers and explain the background of the report.

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    Walker to announce plans for Medicaid expansion

    by Associated Press on Jul 13, 16:34

    A spokeswoman for Gov. Bill Walker says Walker is expected to announce this week how he will move forward on Medicaid expansion in Alaska. Spokeswoman Katie Marquette says Walker has been weighing his options, including whether to move forward on expansion through legislation or unilaterally. Walker campaigned on expanding Medicaid coverage. For states that opt […]

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    Governor urges lawmakers to revisit oil tax credits

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jul 01, 21:07

    Alaska’s governor says the state has a fiscal problem, and it’s partly because of oil tax credits. Gov. Bill Walker vetoed $200 million in oil tax credits on Monday from the state budget. The credits will be applied, but delayed by a couple of months. “We need a solution to the situation we’re in. Business […]

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    Walker signs budget, vetoes $200M in oil tax credits

    by Kate McPherson on Jun 30, 23:24

    Gov. Bill Walker vetoed $200 million in tax credits from the 2016 operating budget. The credits are owed to oil and gas companies that work in Alaska and are designed to encourage production. “The governor was right to do what he did,” said Anchorage Democrat Rep. Les Gara. “We had to cut the budget and […]

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    More responsibility for Alaskan teachers and school volunteers

    by Kate McPherson on Jun 13, 0:50

    Alaska’s Legislature passed the Alaska Safe Children’s Act, which contains Erin’s Law and Bree’s Law, but there was also other legislation attached. It includes the addition of school volunteers to the list of people who legally must report suspected child abuse, and requirements for all teachers — no matter what class they teach — to […]

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    Alaska Legislature passes Erin’s Law

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 11, 23:33

    The Legislature passed the Alaska Safe Children’s Act on Thursday. The Senate passed it unanimously and the House of Representatives passed it with a vote of 37 – 1, with dissent from Rep. Tammie Wilson. Also known as “Erin’s Law,” House Bill 44 requires schools to teach all students how to recognize sexual assault and […]