Many of the part-time disaster assistance employees deployed in response to Superstorm Sandy have been working without the benefit of federal health insurance coverage.
Last week that changed, as we reported. The Office of Personnel Management on Wednesday made the change official with the publication of an interim final rule to grant Federal Emergency Management Agency reservists Federal Employees Health Benefits Program coverage.
The FEMA reservists are the second group of part-time workers to receive FEHBP coverage this year, after Forest Service firefighters won the benefits in July. Both groups received attention after launching onlinepetitions.
Eric Katz writes about federal agency operations and management. His deep coverage of Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Postal Service has earned him frequent guest spots on national radio and television news programs. Eric joined Government Executive in the summer of 2012 and previously worked for The Financial Times. He is a graduate of The George Washington University.
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