Fedweek

Newly offered Senate legislation could break the logjam that has been holding up action on creating a long-term care insurance program for federal employees, retirees and family members. The bill is notable for two reasons, its bipartisan sponsorship and its inclusion of military members, Reservists, retirees and their families among the pool of those potentially eligible under the program. Partisan differences over how to design such a program have held up action on long-term care, which civil service leaders consider a priority. Also, the addition of the military community means pressure for action will come from that direction as well. Of the many bills pending on the issue, only one House measure offered last year would include the military.