Saturday, April 17, 2010

CRS: U.S. Congress Potentially Ends Availability of Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) for Its Current Members

Congressional Research Memo - April 2, 2010 (The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and its Potent...
This whole health care reform story gets stranger and stranger by the day. I am still analyzing the impact of what actually happens if Congress has eliminated Congressional health insurance for its members.

How could that be? Simple, a scaled-down provision of Republic Senator Grassley's “Health Reform Accountability Act” - this one requiring all congress members and their employees, with the exception of Senate committee and leadership staffs, to get their health insurance through the same health insurance exchanges where the general public would get theirs was left in the bill, unopposed, and was signed into law by President Obama.

It appears that the poorly written law is so mangled that “It is unclear whether members of Congress and Congressional staff who are currently participating in F.E.H.B.P. may be able to retain this coverage,” the research service said in an 8,100-word memorandum."

Source: The Examiner

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