Senator Johnson sues over Congress' health coverage - KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

Senator Johnson sues over Congress' health coverage

Posted: Updated:

By HENRY C. JACKSON
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Ron Johnson is suing to stop the government from paying most of the medical insurance premiums for members of Congress and their aides now required to obtain coverage through the new health care law's state exchanges.

The Wisconsin Republican filed a suit Monday in U.S. District Court in Green Bay, Wis., challenging a September ruling by the Office of Personnel Management. The agency ruled that lawmakers and their staffs should continue getting health care benefits covering 75 percent of their premium costs after leaving the health insurance program for federal workers.

Johnson says the lawsuit is about ensuring that Congress receives no special treatment under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The exchanges were set up for people who don't get health coverage through employers.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2001 - 2014 WorldNow and KTTC, a Quincy station.
All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Jodi Neyens at (507) 280-5104. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.