House members, staffers enrolling in Obamacare

March 11, 2014 at 2:26 PM
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WASHINGTON, March 11 (UPI) -- Enrollment figures from the U.S. House chief administrative officer indicated a mostly successful effort in getting people signed up for health insurance.

Chief Administrative Officer Ed Cassidy said the majority of those in the lower chamber who tried to enroll in plans succeeded, Roll Call reported Monday, including about 360 House members and 4,200 employees who enrolled for coverage in the District of Columbia Small Business Health Options Program exchange.

About 50 members who were part of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program in the previous congressional session weren't currently enrolled, Cassidy said.

Some 450 other House employees designated as having to enroll through DC Health Link to keep getting government's employer contribution have not yet enrolled, Roll Call said.

Under Office of Personnel Management guidelines, members had the option of exempting some staffers from having to enroll in the exchanges, Roll Call said.

A CNN/ORC International poll released Tuesday indicated support for the Affordable Care Act was rebounding slightly, but nearly all of the higher support was from upper-income and college-educated Americans.

Results indicated 39 percent of Americans said they support the healthcare law, up from 35 percent in December, the lowest ever in CNN polling, pollsters said. Fifty-seven percent of those questioned say they oppose the President Obama's signature healthcare law.

Results are based on nationwide phone interviews with 801 adults conducted Friday through Sunday. The margin of error is 3.5 percentage points.

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