Stedman says he's open to Medicaid expansion, approaching from cost-analysis perspective

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JUNEAU, Alaska — The Senate Health and Social Services Committee chairman says he sees Medicaid expansion as a cost-analysis issue, not an ideological one.

Sen. Bert Stedman says he's open to expansion. But he said to win political support at the Capitol, there will need to be tangible savings.

Sen. Pete Kelly has introduced a Medicaid reform-focused bill, while Gov. Bill Walker has proposed expansion and reform legislation.

Stedman plans to hear both and look at possibly melding aspects of the two into one bill. He says he has his own ideas and also wants to hear from the health care industry and public to find the best solution possible.

He says he'd be surprised if the issue could be resolved in the remaining month of session but said legislators would try.

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