Congressional staffers will continue receiving federal funds for health insurance

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The Obama administration informed Congress on Thursday that the federal government can continue paying a big chunk of health insurance costs for lawmakers and their aides, The New York Times reports. The announcement calms fears that the federal contribution would cease under the Affordable Care Act.

There is a notable stipulation, however: Members and many staffers will need to obtain coverage from the new health-insurance marketplaces being set up in the states per the implementation of the health care law.

The government contributions provide $5,000 annually for individual coverage and $11,000 for families under the most popular health plans. 

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