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.

Former Speaker, Current Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
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Sophie Novack
Oct. 30, 2013, 10:26 a.m.

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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