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As a part of the Affordable Care Act, members of Congress and their staff gave up their government health plans and are now enrolling in insurance plans through the health exchanges.
Today is the last day for them to do so because they’re treating the sign-up process like an open-enrollment period.
Like many of the staffers, Representative Todd Young’s Deputy Chief of Staff Trevor Foughty has enrolled under the District of Columbia’s health exchange.
Foughty says the D.C. website is having similar technical issues as the federal health exchange and that provides those in Washington with a unique perspective.
“It definitely makes us a little more understanding,” he says. “We’ve tried to remember that there is a human element to this, it’s not just talking points but this is actually affecting people.
Foughty says Representative Young will enroll under the D.C. exchange. Reps. Susan Brooks, R-5th, and Luke Messer, R-6th, are also enrolling under the D.C. exchange.
A spokesperson for Senator Joe Donnelly says he will continue to be covered by his spouse’s plan.
Other legislators have not responded for comment.