Alaska delegation signs up for insurance

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's congressional delegation has signed up for insurance under the new health care law.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young obtained policies through a Washington, D.C., marketplace. Both have been critics of the law and expressed frustration with the enrollment process.

Young's spokesman says Young will face a premium increase of more than triple his existing rate.

Members of Congress were eligible for employer contributions of 75 percent of their premiums if they signed up through the D.C. exchange. Sen. Mark Begich opted instead to sign up through the Alaska marketplace.

Begich, a supporter of the law preparing for a tough re-election bid, said he wanted to have the same experience as other Alaskans and felt it only fair to enroll as he did.

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