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:
- Gov. Walker said he was taking responsibility for the cuts so lawmakers won't suffer at the polls. "Any excuses now – it’s just pure politics,” he said.
- Lindemuth said her work on the Fairbanks Four case is among the most meaningful she’s done in her life.
- University budget cuts have forced UAS to lay off staff and rethink which programs to fund.
- According to the report, the pools recover a nearly a third of the more than $1 million it takes to run them.