Judge denies Alaska lawmakers' attempt to block Medicaid expansion

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has scored a victory in his showdown with the state's legislature over Medicaid expansion, the Washington Post reports. After facing opposition to his plan to expand Medicaid, Walker, an independent, had announced that he would bypass the legislature to expand the program; state lawmakers countered by suing Walker last week. But Friday, a Superior Court Judge Frank A. Pfiffner denied their request for him to issue a temporary order to block Medicaid enrollment, according to the Post. Pfiffner ruled that the expansion of the program would not cause the state "irreparable harm," though he said he expected the plaintiffs to appeal his decision to the state's Supreme Court. Article

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