Governor Walker - Statement on Health Care Reform Bill

    Juneau, AK (KINY) - Governor Bill Walker has issued an official statement regarding the Health Care Reform Bill that has permeated discussion in Alaska especially.

    That statement was shared via press release and on his website. Here is that statement in full:

    "As Governor of Alaska, the state with the highest health care costs in the country, I have been working with members of the Trump Administration, our congressional delegation, and other governors to ensure that any health care bill is not only good policy, but also protects Alaskans."

    “More than 36,000 Alaskans have access to affordable health care thanks to Medicaid expansion, and some health insurance premiums have dropped more than 26 percent due to the reinsurance program made possible through the innovation waiver granted by the Trump Administration under the existing health care law. In a state where a medical emergency often means a $50,000 medevac instead of a $400 ambulance ride, it’s critical that affordable coverage is protected."

    “I sent the state’s top health care team to Washington, D.C. this week to meet with Administration officials to better understand the recent bill, and to vet the Alaska-specific proposals. My team worked tirelessly with both Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan to deliver the message that Alaska truly is unique. That message was received. We appreciate that the Administration made numerous proposals with consideration for Alaska’s needs. These concepts are sound policy for all high-cost, low-population states—and we hope these concepts will be incorporated in future health care discussions."

    “While work on this particular bill may have ended, the conversation about healthcare must not end. Status quo is not a long-term option. Alaskans will continue to be leaders on this issue, and I intend to convene my fellow governors to tackle health care reform in a bipartisan manner.” – Governor Bill Walker

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