Virgin Islands’ Exemption From Health Care Law Prompts Alaska Plea
Posted at 1:55 p.m. on July 21, 2014
Murkowski. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Last week, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner released a letter to a Virgin Islands official releasing U.S. territories from insurance requirements mandated by the 2010 health care overhaul law. On Friday, Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski weighed in the matter.
Murkowski urged similar consideration of states with small populations:
The administration needs to recognize the unique needs of the territories as well as small population states like Alaska where premiums under the healthcare law have seen double and triple digit increases for some Alaskans from 2013 to 2014.
They said their hands were tied, and now they’ve decided it’s in their interest to untie them. I wish this administration would listen to the interests of Americans struggling with the skyrocketing premiums and no improved access to care. Enough with the political calculations; let’s look at Americans’ household budgets and truly improve health care.”