Gov. Parnell explains why he’s not expanding Medicaid in Alaska

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.

Original post:

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:

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