Lawmakers and thousands of congressional staffers struggled in late 2013 to begin enrolling in the new health-care exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act. In several instances, staffers complained about struggles with the sign-up process and later with verifying that their enrollments had succeeded.
By law, congressional staffers and lawmakers must enroll in DC HealthLink, the exchange established by the District of Columbia, in order to continue receiving subsidized health-care coverage. The Post's Aaron C. Davis reports that D.C. officials generally believe the new program is running more smoothly than neighboring Maryland's, even though several problems remain.
Officials spoke out Thursday before a D.C. City Council subcommittee. Here's an interesting nugget from the story regarding a question from Council member David Grosso (I-At Large):
Grosso asked [DC HealthLink Executive Director Mila] Kofman how many of the total were Hill staffers, but Kofman replied that such information is confidential. She said only that it was “more than 50 percent” of the total.
Grosso, a former congressional aide, suggested that the number could be a good barometer of how the city’s exchange is functioning.
Hill staffers, he said, will compare notes. “If the word is, ‘The exchange was fine, I got coverage there,’ you will see an uptick,” he said.
Read Aaron's full story here.