Health Care Bill Could Shift Costs To State

Mar 13, 2017

The Republican health care bill in Congress would shift Medicaid costs to the state.

That's according to Gov. Bill Walker who, in a written statement last week, noted with the state's big budget deficit, "Alaska is not in a position to cover Medicaid services that have been covered by the federal government since the program’s inception in 1965." 

Walker added he's working with the congressional delegation and the Trump administration on the state's health care needs. 

In Alaska, 176,000 people are covered by Medicaid, a government insurance program for low-income people across the country.