Murkowski Committed to Protections for Pre-existing Conditions and Access to Care

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement after U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas Judge Reed O’Connor ruled in favor of Texas and its partner states, deeming the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional: 

“In Alaska and across the nation healthcare remains a priority and concern. I have heard that loud and clear,” said Senator Murkowski. “This ruling has no immediate impact, and I am confident higher courts will review the decision. Regardless, we must preserve the provisions of the Affordable Care Act that have benefited so many, such as protections for pre-existing conditions that prevent insurers from arbitrarily denying coverage. I want to give Alaskans, and all Americans, the certainty they need that protections for those with pre-existing conditions will remain intact, which is why I support legislation to make certain no one loses coverage based on health status. I do not support pulling the rug out from under people. The importance of access to healthcare cannot be understated, and I am committed to ensuring that all Alaskans have access to affordable, quality healthcare.”

Background: In August 2018, Senator Murkowski and Senate colleagues introduced the Ensuring Coverage for Patients with Pre-Existing Conditions Act, legislation that would guarantee Americans have equal health care coverage, regardless of their health status or pre-existing conditions.