Micciche Votes Against Medicaid Suit: Timing Not Right

first_imgKenai Peninsula Senator Peter Micciche was with the majority in the 5-9 vote… Sen. Micciche(R-K. Pen): “But we also had to appropriate $55 million additional this year that we simply don’t have. We need to remain cautious on healthcare costs. Medicaid has been expanded and by passing SB 174, we hope we’ve put the efficiencies in place in the long term to help bring down the cost of Medicaid and healthcare in Alaska.” He agreed some action should have been taken to expand Medicaid… The vote was sandwiched between the Governor’s FY17 budget veto announcements and an hours-long hearing on the AK LNG Project. Micciche said the lawsuit’s timing wasn’t right and that he’d prefer to deal with the issues outside of the courtroom. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享We reported yesterday that state lawmakers voted not to continue a lawsuit against the Walker Administration, challenging the Governor’s authority to single-handedly expand Medicaid. The list of lawmakers who wanted to continue the lawsuit included Nikiski’s Speaker of the House Mike Chenault. Sen. Micciche(R-K. Pen): “Although I do think there is a serious separation of powers issue, I’m more focused on the huge fiscal issues that we should be focused on right now, and it’s simply not a priority for me.”last_img

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