Health Benefits for Members of Congress and Certain Congressional Staff [November 4, 2013] [open pdf - 304KB]
"The federal government, as an employer, offers health benefits to its employees, including Members of Congress and congressional staff. Traditionally, Members and staff have had access to many of the same health benefits as other federal employees. For example, Members and staff have been eligible to voluntarily enroll in employer-sponsored health insurance through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), and they can choose to participate in other health benefit programs, such as the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS). […] This report summarizes the provisions of the final rule and describes how it affects current and retired Members and congressional staff. OPM [Office of Personnel Management] has indicated that Members and congressional staff will be eligible for other health benefits related to federal employment, and these additional health benefits are outlined in this report. These health benefits include FSAFEDS, the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP), the Office of the Attending Physician, and treatment in military facilities. This report also discusses Members' and staff's eligibility for Medicare, which does not appear to be affected by the final rule."
CRS Report for Congress, R43194