(POLITICO) -- House lawmakers and Senators must decide by Thursday who out of thousands of congressional aides will be placed in the District of Columbia’s health-insurance exchange, a controversial provision of the Affordable Care Act.
Lawmakers will have to declare whether their aides are “official” staff or not, according to a memo sent to all House offices by Daniel Strodel, the chamber’s chief administrative officer. Official office staff — aides paid entirely out of the member’s expense account — will be required to join “DC Health Link.” Members of Congress or their “designees” will decide “which staff work in the official office of each member.”
Lawmakers will also join the exchanges.
Those aides who don’t receive that designation — committee and leadership aides — will be allowed to continue to get their insurance under Federal Employee Health Benefits Program.
In both cases, the federal government will continue to make premium payments to help offset the cost of the insurance plan.
This decision is already becoming politically sensitive on Capitol Hill. It was the topic of much discussion at a Tuesday morning meeting of the House Republican Conference. Continue reading via Politico...