Update, 2:12 p.m. 11/15/2013: A Storify post recapping the press conference and its coverage on Twitter is now embedded below.
Update, 12:05 p.m. 11/15/2013: The press conference has ended. Gov. Parnell says he will not expand Medicaid in Alaska, citing the cost to federal taxpayers and passing debt on to future generations. He says he’ll create a new Medicaid Reform Advisory Group to study and propose new ways to improve health care and reduce costs.
Gov. Sean Parnell is holding a press conference in Anchorage today scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on whether Alaska will expand Medicaid coverage or not.
Medicaid is a federal safety net program that helps poor people pay for health care.
You can watch the press conference here:
- Mayor Ken Koelsch, Debbie White and Mary Becker opposed it. Deputy Mayor Jerry Nankervis was on a scratchy phone connection and did not respond to the roll call to vote.
- The proposal for a 130-unit high-rise apartment building to be built over a downtown city parking lot has alarmed some community members. But city officials say there is no final plan and closure of the deal is still months away.
- “Things have to have an endpoint to it, or they have to have something that keeps directing you, telling you that you’re in the right area,” said troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters.
- The Department of the Interior announced today that 29 local Alaska governments would receive $29.7 million in Payment in Lieu of Taxes funds, or PILT.