The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is holding another listening session in Juneau tonight.
About 650,000 current and former Alaskans are among the 11 million people potentially affected by a cyberattack of Premera.
A Medicaid reform bill has been filed in the Alaska Senate. Many Republican legislators have said reform of the state’s low-income health care program must happen before they accept federal dollars to expand it.
Legislators, aides and others heard an alternate viewpoint on Medicaid expansion from a senior fellow with an organization that has referred to the “dangers” expansion poses in states that opt for it.
According to an FBI report, there were 80 reported rapes per 100,000 Alaskan residents in 2012 — that was the highest in the country.
Last year the state put about $9 million and federal agencies put $51 million toward rural sanitation in Alaska. The combined $60 million is less than half of allocations 10 years ago.
The move is a setback for the Walker administration, which has made Medicaid expansion a top priority. But the fight may not be over yet.
The state Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is helping to fund the expansion.
Americans for Prosperity led a successful campaign to defeat a Medicaid expansion bill in Tennessee this year. Price is hoping for the same success in Alaska.
Almost 21,000 Alaskans signed up for health insurance on healthcare.gov during the open enrollment period that closed Feb. 15.