Governor Walker joins bipartisan governors in calling for state input on health care decisions

Governor Bill Walker joined nine other governors today in a continued bipartisan push to Congressional leadership to institute a comprehensive process when addressing health care—and to include states’ and other stakeholders’ input before making final decisions.

“Alaskans pay more for health care than do most Americans,” Governor Walker said. “Before any changes to existing law are made, Alaska must have a clear understanding of how the proposed changes impact Alaskans. Right now, more than 36,000 Alaskans have access to affordable health care thanks to Medicaid expansion. And, due to my team’s out-of-the-box thinking and the legislature’s concurrence, some Alaskans’ health insurance premiums are expected to drop 20 percent. That coverage must be protected—which is why I joined a bipartisan group of governors in a continued push for Congress to follow a thorough process. Health care should not be a partisan issue. Building a Stronger Alaska begins with healthy Alaskans.”

This is the 2nd health care letter from a group of bipartisan governors that Governor Walker has joined. The first letter is available here.