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Alaska’s congressional delegation signs up for Obamacare

By Alexis Fernandez 10:24 PM December 11, 2013

Under the Affordable Care Act, all members of Congress and their staff are required to enroll or face a tax penalty

ANCHORAGE – All of Alaska’s congressional delegates have officially signed up for an insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act.

Under the ACA, all members of Congress and their staff are required to enroll in the marketplace or pay a tax penalty.

This week, Alaska’s Republican lawmakers, Rep. Don Young and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, officially enrolled in insurance plans through a D.C. healthcare exchange.

Murkowski said it took her three days to get through the process. Young, on the other hand, said it took him more than two days to get a confirmation email back.

Both said their premiums have gone up substantially.

“I’m not very pleased with the plan that I have, my premiums are higher than in the past — deductible is higher than in the past, but this is what folks everywhere are finding out,” Murkowski said. “That there’s a little bit of sticker shock to much of what we’re seeing with the Affordable Care Act as it plays out.”

Sen. Mark Begich released this statement:

“Like many Alaskans, I was frustrated the first few times I tried to sign up. However, I’ve seen major improvements on the website over the past few weeks and signing up is much easier. Because more than 55,000 Alaskans qualify for subsides that will make their healthcare more affordable, I expect more Alaskans to visit healthcare.gov to compare coverage and costs.”

Members of Congress are eligible for employer contributions if they sign up in D.C. Begich was the only Alaska delegate who instead opted to sign up through the Alaska marketplace.

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