- Associated Press - Sunday, March 9, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Sean Parnell has named nine members to a group created to recommended changes to Alaska’s Medicaid program.

Health commissioner Bill Streur will lead the Medicaid Reform Advisory Group.

The group is charged with reaching out to health care interests, insurers and constituents. A report to lawmakers is due by Nov. 15.

Members include Republican Sen. John Coghill and Rep. Pete Higgins, who’s a dentist. Also chosen were Kenai Peninsula Borough Mike Navarre and John Torgerson, chairman of the Alaska Redistricting Board.

The other members are Renae Axelson, Dr. Ilona Farr, Sandra Heffern, Gene Peltola and Kevin Turkington.

Parnell spokeswoman Sharon Leighow said some people applied or were recommended. She said Parnell’s office did some outreach and legislative leadership weighed in.

Senate Democratic Leader Hollis French said he wasn’t contacted.

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