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Through Loophole, Lawmakers May Determine Staff Health Coverage

Members of Congress can decide which staff to keep on their current plans and which to put on the ACA exchanges.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.(Richard A. Bloom)

photo of Sophie Novack
October 30, 2013

In the ongoing saga of Capitol Hill staff insurance coverage, Congressional offices must decide this week which of their staff to put on the D.C. health insurance exchanges, and which will remain on their current plans, administered through the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, according to Politico.

House and Senate personal staff dubbed "official office" aides are supposed to use the Obamacare exchange, while committee and leadership staff, or "official staff," may keep their current plans.

However, members of the House and Senate may quietly allow their staff to keep their current plans by designating them "official staff."

 

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that her staff will all be required to purchase insurance through the exchange. House members must make their decisions by 5 p.m. Thursday. 

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