Alaska House pursuing appeal of Medicaid suit decision

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House plans to continue pursuing a legal challenge to Gov. Bill Walker's authority to expand Medicaid on his own.

    Posted Friday, May 6th, 2016 2:25pm by Lance David

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House plans to continue pursuing a legal challenge to Gov. Bill Walker's authority to expand Medicaid on his own.

    Lawmakers faced a deadline for a decision on whether to appeal a judge's decision tossing the challenge brought last summer by the Legislative Council. An appeal was filed on behalf of the House.

    A state court judge in March dismissed the case brought by the Legislative Council, upholding Walker's action and finding that the federal Social Security Act requires Medicaid expansion.

    The council, in its suit, argued that the expansion population is an optional group that cannot be covered unless approved by the Legislature.

    Senate Majority Leader John Coghill this week said he'd recommended lawmakers drop the case. While he said he supported the lawsuit, he felt support had dissipated.

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