Thursday, October 29, 2009

House leadership bill unveiled

The Speaker has released her leadership's healthcare reform bill, H.R. 3962, which weighs in at 1,990 pages. I have skimmed through about 400 pages that impact employer sponsored coverage including the FEHB Program. The bill adds many new mandates on employer sponsored plans, such as an extension of the term of COBRA continuation coverage (TCC in the FEHB Program) to 2013. is upbeat about the bill's impact on the FEHB Program. I am withholding an opinion for now because further analysis is required. The Congressional Budget Office report on HR 3962 is available here. The Politico reports that Democratic "Party leaders would like to start debate on the bill next week and hope to have a final vote before Veteran's Day on Nov. 11."

The Federal Times reports that Congress has extended until December 18 the Continuing Resolution funding the federal government. This is the second Continuing Resolution of federal fiscal year 2010 which began on October 1.

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