Fairbank News Miner: In letter to Congress, Gov. Walker urges caution in changing health care law

FAIRBANKS — Gov. Bill Walker is urging Congress to take its time to come up with a balanced replacement of the Affordable Care Act.

Walker shared his concerns and advice with congressional leaders in a letter earlier this month, noting that a repeal without a “workable alternative” would leave tens of thousands of Alaskans without coverage.

Walker wrote that 17,000 Alaskans are buying coverage through the individual marketplace. An additional 27,000 Alaskans, including nearly 3,000 in the Interior, are covered through the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion provision, which Walker enacted unilaterally after his election.