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Are new federal employees now barred from joining in the current federal employees health insurance plan?OnlineAdviser responds:
Apparently yes, according to the New York Times article that circulated this story, but that appears to be just a drafting error in the language of the rushed legislation. This and many other technical errors are likely to be corrected in the future. The stated intent of this law is to force new federal employees to use the state health insurance exchanges to obtain coverage after 2014. But the effective date of this specific provision was not delayed to match the other relevant provisions. Meanwhile, we doubt that the federal government will enforce its own law in this regard.
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