With growing evidence that the public supports state expansion of Medicaid services, another state has ended its boycott of the expansion offer under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker said his state will become the 30th to accept the increased federal support for state health insurance programs for low-income Americans. As reported by the Washington, D.C. news source The Hill, Walker was elected governor last year, in part because of his outspoken support for Medicaid expansion.

The Hill said that, despite strong opposition from the GOP-dominated Alaskan legislature, Walker said he will do an end-around and welcome the support through his statutory authority. (Walker self-identifies as an Independent.)

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.