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Lawmakers Face Deadline To Decide Which Staffers Will Use Health Exchanges

By Thursday, lawmakers must make decisions about who among their aides will be obtaining health insurance via the health law's online marketplaces. Many GOP senators have plans to place their staffers on the exchanges.

Fox News: Lawmakers Have Until Thursday To Decide Which Aides Must Take Obamacare Plan
House lawmakers have until Thursday to decide whether to designate staffers as "official" or "non-official," in order to determine whether they will keep their existing government insurance or be forced into ObamaCare. So what qualifies as an "official" staffer? According to internal rules, House employees whose salaries are paid entirely from a "Members Representational Allowance" will be determined "official office" staff and eligible only for ObamaCare insurance through the District of Columbia-run health care exchange (10/29).

Politico: Republicans Senators Put Aides On Exchanges
All but one of the top-ranking Senate Republican leaders plan to place all of their staffers on the Obamacare health exchanges. But it's still unclear whether the Democratic Senate leadership will follow suit. House leaders haven't yet said whether they will put their aides on the D.C. health-insurance exchange, or keep them under their current health care plan (Everett, Sherman and Bresnahan, 10/29).

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