FAIRBANKS — When Gov. Bill Walker announced Alaska will accept Medicaid expansion, opening coverage to some 40,000 uncovered Alaskans, representatives of Fairbanks Memorial Hospital were there cheering the decision along with dozens of others.

When he took the podium at the Anchorage news conference, Jeff Cook, the president of the Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation that owns Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, said the move would bring millions of dollars and new jobs to the community.