Alaska governor voices support for new health insurance reform deal

 file photo of Gov. Bill Walker (from AK Governor's Office)
file photo of Gov. Bill Walker (from AK Governor's Office) (KTUU)
Published: Oct. 18, 2017 at 9:36 PM AKDT
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A bipartisan group of governors, including Governor Bill Walker, is urging congressional leaders to support a plan to calm health insurance markets after President Donald Trump blocked federal subsidies to insurers.

The letter, signed by Walker and 9 other governors, says, "Stabilizing insurance markets is one of the primary areas where Congress can take action to ensure that consumers have affordable health care options."

The agreement by Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., calls for a two-year extension of the subsidies. The governors write that Congress should extend the subsidies at least through 2019.

The letter released Wednesday night is signed by Walker, and the governors of Ohio, Colorado, Montana, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Virginia, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Vermont.