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October 23, 2014

Congressional Perks: A ‘Gold Plan’ for Health Insurance

The nation’s lawmakers have a very different experience with their health insurance plans than their constituents, reports the New York Times.

“While millions of Americans have been left to fend for themselves and go through the frustrating experience of trying to navigate the federal exchange, members of Congress and their aides have all sorts of assistance [with a menu of "gold plan" choices] to help them sort through their options and enroll.”

“Lawmakers and the employees who work in their “official offices” will receive coverage next year through the small-business marketplace of the local insurance exchange, known as D.C. Health Link, which has staff members close at hand for guidance.”

Some of the perks include:

  • a special phone number that provides “member services for members of Congress and staff.”
  • a more technologically sophisticated site making it easier for “members of Congress and their aides to see and compare their options.”
  • “112 options offered in the “gold tier” of the District of Columbia exchange, far more than are available to most of their constituents. “
  • “Lawmakers may allow some or all of their employees to keep their current insurance by declaring that they do not work in the ‘official office’ of a member of Congress. Members do not have to disclose such decisions.”
  • dogpal

    Double standard in force once again? The people hang out there in limbo once again? Who are these special ones who can take advantage of these special offerings? Could we have that special phone number, too?

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