Reaction to court's decision on health care subsidies mixed in Alaska

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JUNEAU, Alaska — More than 16,000 Alaskans will be able to keep federal subsidies to help cover health insurance premium costs following a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

The high court Thursday upheld the subsidies underpinning the federal health care law.

Gov. Bill Walker said he was pleased so many people could continue receiving health care.

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said the ruling simply means Alaskans who followed the law won't be punished for its shortcomings.

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan said he's committed to repealing the health care law and replacing it with "patient-centered reforms."

Walker also said it's important to continue work toward Medicaid expansion so more Alaskans can receive coverage.

A spokeswoman said Walker is weighing his options on expansion, which the Legislature held off on, citing a need for further review.

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