- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A judge will announce Friday whether he will stop the state from implementing Medicaid expansion while a lawsuit moves forward.

After hearing arguments Thursday afternoon, Judge Frank Pfiffner says he would rule at noon Friday on the Legislature’s request to halt the process.

Gov. Bill Walker has announced plans to expand Medicaid coverage without the Legislature’s approval. The Legislative Council voted last week to challenge Walker’s authority to do so.

The administration plans to rollout expansion Tuesday unless Pfiffner grants lawmakers’ request to halt the process while the lawsuit moves forward.

Pfiffner said he must rule Friday since the Anchorage courthouse will be closed Monday and Tuesday because of President Obama’s visit to downtown Anchorage.

Pfiffner said he expects whichever side loses to immediately appeal to Alaska’s Supreme Court.

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Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, http://www.adn.com

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