This is an interesting question. When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed in 2010, it included language requiring that Congress and members of its staff obtain their health insurance through the exchanges when they open later this year.
There were conflicting news reports last week regarding whether or not this requirement will “stick”, as the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which administers health insurance plans for Congress and its staff, tries to figure out how exactly to interpret and put into action the provisions of the law. Read more in a Washington Post article.
As we observe this back-and-forth among lawmakers, it really drives home the fact that the entire landscape of how Americans — even Congress — will obtain health insurance under ACA is in a state of flux. Employers all over the country are strategizing as to how and if they will offer insurance to their employees, and many individuals are doing their best to research their options.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out! Stay tuned as we continue to follow this.
And, of course, give us a call if this raises any questions for you.