03 août 2013 ~ 0 Commentaire

Congress Keeps Its U.S. Contribution Toward Health Care

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2, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Members of Congress and their staff members will have to use health insurance exchanges next year as part of the health law, but will keep federal government contributions towards the cost of their premiums, Democrats have confirmed. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement late Thursday that an agreement had been reached over how to handle a particularly popular and tricky provision in the 2010 law that requires lawmakers and their aides to sign up for coverage through the new marketplaces aimed at covering millions of Americans who dont have insurance through a large employer. Members of Congress and their staffs must enroll in health marketplaces as the Affordable Care Act requires, said Mrs. Pelosi. Polling suggests that provision of the law gets some of the warmest support from voters and helps to woo skeptical people to support the law. But implementing it has been hard to home do. The insurance exchanges were intended for individuals and small businesses, not large employers such as Congress which has long used the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program to provide insurance to members and aides.
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Health care fix spares insurance hike for Congress


Under new regulations the Obama administration will release next week, the government will keep paying its share and that scenario will be averted, the White House said. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said it was important to resolve the issue before the August congressional recess because the exchanges open Oct. 1. She said her own staff had told her there could be a problem with « brain drain. » « They are a tremendous intellectual resource, people who could, shall we say, be better compensated financially outside » of government, Pelosi said wryly. « Happily they enjoy the psychic rewards of public service at least for a while. » The latest hitch in the rollout of the health care law was actually prompted by an amendment from Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley that forced senators, representatives and congressional staffers to buy insurance through new exchanges, rather than the federal benefit system most government employees use. The idea was to force lawmakers backing the bill to have a personal stake in the outcome. But until now, there was no clear mechanism for the government to contribute its part of employees’ premiums through the exchanges. The fix came at the request of both Democratic and Republican lawmakers, the White House said. But officials have declined to say how deeply Obama was involved. « I just don’t have details on the president’s private meetings, » White House spokesman Jay Carney said Thursday in response to senators’ claims that Obama was personally working to resolve the dispute.
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