Coghill says he's recommending lawmakers drop Medicaid suit

    The majority leader of the Alaska Senate says he has recommended that lawmakers drop their lawsuit challenging Gov. Bill Walker's authority to expand Medicaid on his own.

    Posted Monday, May 2nd, 2016 9:32am by Colt Dylan
    The majority leader of the Alaska Senate says he has recommended that lawmakers drop their lawsuit challenging Gov. Bill Walker's authority to expand Medicaid on his own.

    Sen. John Coghill says the issue has gotten wrapped up in the politics surrounding Medicaid expansion. He says the issue adds to the contention as lawmakers try to reach agreements on the budget and other matters to end the extended legislative session.

    He and others have seen the lawsuit as a separation of powers issue.
     
    A superior court judge in March dismissed the lawsuit brought by the Legislative Council, upholding Walker's decision to expand Medicaid without legislative approval.
     
    The deadline to decide whether to appeal is approaching. There have been differences in opinion on what action is needed for any appeal to go forward.

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