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Some Federal Workers Can’t Afford Health Insurance

The Washington Post: "The health insurance program that covers President Obama and members of Congress has been touted during the current debate as a model for overhauling the nation's health-care system. But one overlooked aspect of the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program is that many federal workers go without health insurance for themselves or members of their families." While it isn't clear exactly how many federal workers can't afford health coverage, "[i]nformation from the Office of Personnel Management indicates 11 percent of the workforce does not participate in the program. Some of those nonparticipants probably have insurance through a spouse. The American Federation of Government Employees estimates that 250,000 federal workers cannot afford coverage" (Davidson, 9/18). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.