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Judge Rejects Legislators' Challenge to Alaska Medicaid Expansion

An Alaska judge has ruled that state's governor had the authority to expand Medicaid, without legislative approval, to cover people between the ages of 19 and 64 who are not caring for dependent children, not disabled and not pregnant, and who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, The Associated Press' Becky Bohrer reports. 

Legislators argued that the group is not a mandatory group to be covered under Medicaid. The judge, however, ruled that state law needs to be changed for that population not to have to be covered.