for Hill Staff May Be Delayed
The Office of Personnel Management may not issue final rules about how members of Congress and their staff can get insurance coverage through exchanges until after enrollment opens on Oct. 1, Chief Administrative Officer of the House Dan Strodel wrote in a memo to staff Wednesday. Without the final rule, Hill staff won't be able to view their plan options, costs, benefits or final details on who must enter the exchange, he wrote.
"Members and staff are advised that although state and federal healthcare exchanges created under the ACA [Affordable Care Act] will open for enrollment on October 1, it will not be possible to confirm plan options, costs, benefits, or which House staff will be affected until OPM issues final regulations, which could very well be after the exchanges have already opened," the memo says. Enrollment runs from October through March. Coverage begins in January.
"However, please be assured that from the day the OPM final rule is issued until the open enrollment period closes, our benefits counselors will work tirelessly to ensure there is no gap in coverage for those no longer eligible to participate in FEHBP," the memo continues.
The health law does not allow members of Congress and their staff to remain in the federal employees health plan, but there has been a long controversy over how to enable them to continue to get an employer subsidy. The proposed solution is still being finalized.
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