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Boozman, Crawford, Griffin, Womack, and Cotton Formally Voice Concerns

Regarding Health-Insurance Availability and Affordability

Washington, D.C. —Today, Senator John Boozman, along with Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-1), Tim Griffin (AR-2), Steve Womack (AR-3), and Tom Cotton (AR-4) sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius expressing concern about the impact of Obamacare on the availability and affordability of health-insurance plans in Arkansas.

“We are now seeing the detrimental impact of the flawed law on health-insurance rates across Arkansas,” the letter states.  “While the average Arkansas family has seen their income fall 9% over the past decade, the government regulations and mandates of Obamacare will require these same families to pay between 100% and 600% more for comparable insurance coverage, or risk losing their family doctor if they choose a plan that costs less.”

The letter also discusses the numerous problems with the rollout of the Obamacare exchanges and the burden they place on hard-working Arkansans. It requests Secretary Sebelius provide correspondence and information pertaining to: 1) HHS’s knowledge of the impact this law would have on the number of state insurance providers, 2) state stakeholders’ knowledge of the exchanges’ status leading up to their October 1, 2013, launch date, and 3) the number of confirmed enrollments in Arkansas.

The letter requests a response by November 1, 2013.

Full text of the letter can be found here.