Alaska’s in­de­pen­dent Gov. Bill Walker last week an­nounced he would use his ex­ec­u­tive power to ex­tend Med­i­caid el­i­gi­bil­ity to as many as 40,000 low­in­come res­i­dents.

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That put his state on track to be­come the 30th state to ex­pand Med­i­caid un­der the Af­ford­able Care Act. Walker un­suc­cess­fully at­tempted to per­suade the Alaska Leg­is­la­ture to ex­pand the pro­gram, first through the state bud­get process and then with a free-stand­ing bill. “This is the fi­nal op­tion for me, I’ve tried ev­ery­thing else,” Walker said dur­ing a news con­fer­ence. State of­fi­cials es­ti­mate Alaska would draw $1.1 bil­lion in ad­di­tional fed­eral funds over the next six years un­der the ACA by ex­pand­ing el­i­gi­bil­ity to im­pov­er­ished Alaskans.

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