House panel plans review of federal employee health plan

The Hill reports that a House Oversight subcommittee will likely debate possible changes to federal employee health benefits -- just two months after a pay freeze was put in place. Also in the news, Politico reports on how the mental health agenda has lost some momentum.

The Hill: House Hearing Will Scrutinize Federal Employee Health Plan
A House Oversight subcommittee will debate possible changes to federal employee health benefits in a hearing Thursday, two months after Congress approved a pay freeze for federal workers. The upcoming event will review the administration of the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and include testimony from Jonathan Foley, OPM's director of planning and policy analysis (Viebeck, 4/9).

Politico: Mental Health Is Pushed Down On Hill Agenda
Lawmakers have filed plenty of mental health care bills since the Newtown, Conn., killings, hoping they'd get attached to any agreement on gun control. But the ambitions are shrinking (Cunningham, 4/10).

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.orgThis article was reprinted from with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.


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