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Senator French Asks Congressional Delegation to Help Alaskans by Including a Public Insurance Option


July 31, 2009

(JUNEAU) – Senator Hollis French (D-Anchorage) today wrote to the three members of Alaska’s Congressional delegation asking that they give full consideration to a “public insurance option” as a part of comprehensive health reform, which would offer uninsured Alaskans the opportunity to access health insurance for their families.

In his letter to Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich, as well as U.S. Representative Don Young, French urges Alaska’s elected officials to ensure that the health reform establishes a level playing field where private and public insurance options could compete.

“The debate going on now in Congress about fixing our broken health insurance system is long overdue, and of extreme importance to all Alaskans,” said Senator French.  “For years now I have been concerned about how we can help insure everyone in our state.”

Senator French is the sponsor of Senate Bill 61, which would guarantee health coverage for everyone in Alaska. 

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