JUNEAU — A co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee said the state is not on a path to expanding Medicaid.
But Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, said Thursday that he would keep an open mind to the possibility.
Kelly made his comments as the committee discussed hiring former state health commissioner Bill Streur as a consultant. Streur served under former Gov. Sean Parnell, who resisted expanding Medicaid coverage, citing cost concerns.
Parnell’s successor, Gov. Bill Walker, has made expanding Medicaid a priority and said he thinks it will lead to savings.