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House and Senate members have to purchase private health insurance.

Members of congress have good health insurance by any standard, but it is not free, and not reserved only for them, and it is not government insurance.
House and senate members are allowed to purchase private health insurance offered through the Federal Enployees Health Benefits Program. It is not a single payer system, the FEHB program is not centralized, government run health care.
http://www.factcheck.org/2009/08/health-care-for-members-of-congress/

 
Natesmom507

Asked by Natesmom507 at 11:34 PM on Nov. 17, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (11)
  • "Like other large employers, the government pays a large share of the cost of coverage. On average, the government pays 72 percent of the premiums for its workers, up to a maximum of 75 percent depending on the policy chosen."

    Great Info, Natesmom, I do wonder if this changed any in 2010...
    agentwanda

    Answer by agentwanda at 11:45 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

  • Good job posting that one Nates.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 11:54 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

  • No wonder they didn't want to include themselves in health care reform ... who wants to give up private insurance? Gee, I don't know ... maybe it's BETTER coverage??
    Gal51

    Answer by Gal51 at 12:09 AM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • agentwanda

    Answer by agentwanda at 11:39 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

  • Of course it's better
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 7:32 AM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • gave ya a bump
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 7:54 AM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • Who said it was free? The fact is they get excellent health insurance. They have plans to pick from which is something many of us don't get. The cost to them is VERY reasonable though.
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 8:11 AM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • My dh was a federal employee for 5 yrs up until a couple months ago and had FEHB. They have 2 options to choose from, neither being spectacular or any better than most group coverage out there. There are still big copays, the dental pays for absolutely nothing except a cleaning every 6 months. Unless they are offered something else, they aren't getting anything great.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:25 AM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • Ok nevermind. lol. My dh was a federal employee, he only was sent info on the 2 BCBS options every year but according to the website there are several other options in my state from other companies as well. Maybe since he chose BCBS that first year they just sent us that info every other year, who knows!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:40 AM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • Where is the sweet one to reply and refute??
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 9:54 AM on Nov. 18, 2010

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