Recently, during attempts to resolve the budgetary deadlock, the Obama administration offered members of Congress continued federal funding towards insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—provided that they enroll in a specified ACA plan. Currently, almost all federal employees are eligible for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP). On average, FEHBP pays approximately 70 percent of the total cost of the enrollees’ insurance premium.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued proposed rules; the OPM reasoned that the ACA did not repeal the FEHBP, and stated that government subsidies for insurance premiums should continue for federal employees compelled to leave FEHBP. However, numerous commentators opine that those in Congress should be subject to the same rules as other U.S. citizens.
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