Federal - HR 2003

Ensuring FEHBP Coverage During Shutdowns Act

Introduced

April 1, 2019

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A bill to amend title 5, United States Code, to clarify that during a lapse in appropriations certain services relating to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program are excepted services under the Anti-Deficiency Act, and for other purposes.

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  • June 12, 2019 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

    June 12, 2019 — Committee Vote: Federal Employees Health Benefits Program — Substitute Amendment
      Cummings, D-Md. —

    Substitute amendment that would add language to require that, during a government shutdown triggered by a lapse in appropriations, services relating to benefits for automatic coverage under the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance program be considered emergency services involving the safety of human life or the protection of property.

    Substitute amendment that would add language to require that, during a government shutdown triggered by a lapse in appropriations, services relating to benefits for automatic coverage under the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance program be considered emergency services involving the safety of human life or the protection of property.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    June 12, 2019 — Committee Vote: Federal Employees Health Benefits Program — Vote to Report

    Clarify that during a government shutdown triggered by a lapse in appropriations, services provided by federal employees relating to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance are excepted services under a 1982 law (PL 97-258) that prevents federal employees from accepting voluntary services exceeding that authorized by law.

    It also would require the Office of Personnel Management, within 90 days of the bill's enactment, to prescribe regulations to specify that FEHBP and FEGLI services are "excepted" services, thus not subject to requirements of a 2010 health care law (PL 111-148, PL 111-152) that otherwise would apply to group health plans.

    It also would require that the OPM regulations allow employees furloughed due to a lapse in appropriations to enroll or change such enrollment in health benefits and life insurance plans.

    Clarify that during a government shutdown triggered by a lapse in appropriations, services provided by federal employees relating to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance are excepted services under a 1982 law (PL 97-258) that prevents federal employees from accepting voluntary services exceeding that authorized by law.

    It also would require the Office of Personnel Management, within 90 days of the bill's enactment, to prescribe regulations to specify that FEHBP and FEGLI services are "excepted" services, thus not subject to requirements of a 2010 health care law (PL 111-148, PL 111-152) that otherwise would apply to group health plans.

    It also would require that the OPM regulations allow employees furloughed due to a lapse in appropriations to enroll or change such enrollment in health benefits and life insurance plans.

    Ordered reported favorably to the full House (as amended) by voice vote.
  • May 8, 2019 — Full committee consideration and markup postponed by the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

  • May 1, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Fitzpatrick, (R-Pa.)
  • April 8, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Norton, (D-D.C.)Raskin, (D-Md.)Trone, (D-Md.)
  • April 1, 2019 — Original cosponsor(s): 5

    Clark, K. (D-Mass.)Meadows, (R-N.C.)Young, Don (R-Alaska)
    Connolly, (D-Va.)Taylor, V. (R-Texas)
  • April 1, 2019 — Read twice and referred to: House Oversight and Reform.Congressional Record p. H2937