Feds win reprieve from healthcare excise tax

y Suzanne Kubota
Senior Internet Editor

Federal employees covered under some of the more expensive plans in the Federal Employees Heath Benefit Program now have some breathing room as well.

Federal workers had been left out of an earlier compromise on healthcare reform shielding union workers from a proposed 40-percent excise tax until 2018.

The office of Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-Va.) says he “personally called the White House to express his concern of leaving federal employees out of the deal.” An agreement reached Wednesday extends the exemption to federal employees through 2018 as well.

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