Great news: Foreign diplomats getting Obamacare benefits; State advertises benefits to them

Great news: Foreign diplomats getting Obamacare benefits; State advertises benefits to them

Foreign diplomats stationed in the United States are eligible to receive subsidized healthcare benefits as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), prompting concern on Capitol Hill over the Obama administration’s inability to explain the loophole. …

“Many Americans would be surprised to learn that their tax dollars may be subsidizing health coverage for foreign diplomats,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R., Calif.) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp (R., Mich.) wrote in a joint letter sent this week to the IRS.

The letter comes after repeated attempts by the lawmakers to investigate the eligibility loophole and obtain further information about any Obamacare subsidies given to foreign diplomats, who operate in the United States as non-immigrants and non-citizens. …

At issue is the administration’s ongoing failure to reveal to Congress how many foreign diplomats are cashing in on the healthcare benefits and what the cost to the U.S. taxpayer has been, according to congressional sources working on the issue. …

The administration has advertised these benefits in the past, according to the lawmakers.

“The State Department has gone so far as to advertise to Foreign Missions, Permanent Missions to the United Nations, and the United Nations Secretariat that health care exchanges and ‘the benefits of the United States Affordable Care Act are available’ to them,” the letter states.

HHS also has confirmed that a foreign diplomat could be eligible for “a premium tax credit” and “cost-sharing reductions” under Obamacare.

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