FMA SPEAKS OUT IN FAVOR OF SELF PLUS ONE - December 11, 2013
Lawmakers propose self plus one option for federal health program
By Kellie Lunney, Government Executive
In the budget plan, H.J.Res. 59, introduced on Tuesday, December 10, Budget Conference Committee Chairs Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) included a provision calling for the addition of "Self Plus One" coverage within the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP). This option would allow federal employees with spouses but without dependents a coverage option that does not cost the same as coverage for a large family. The Congressional Budget Office cited the inclusion of Self Plus One coverage within FEHBP would save about $3 billion in direct spending over the next ten fiscal years.
Federal Managers Association (FMA) Director of Government Affairs Greg Stanford commented on the inclusion, stating, "[FMA believes] firmly in the principle of offering an equitable and affordable federal benefits package that will best meet the needs of all federal employees." To read the full article, please click here.