Federal officials are formally fixing a glitch in ObamaCare that lawmakers worried would effectively cut salaries for congressional staffers.
Under a proposed new rule released on Wednesday, the federal government will be able to contribute to 11,000 lawmakers’ and staffers’ healthcare plans.
That would close a loophole in the healthcare law that lawmakers worried could lead to a “brain drain” of talent and skill from Capitol Hill to private positions offering better salaries and more generous benefits packages.
The amount of money the government can contribute to congressional staffers’ healthcare is no more than they would have received under their current benefits plan. By law, the maximum federal contribution is 75 percent of a worker’s premium.