The Bush administration has begun implementing one of the main programs of its health care agenda with the unveiling of an insurance plan for over 3 million federal government workers that includes a tax-free health savings account. [@@]
Under the program, which will begin Jan. 1, federal employees will be able to choose to have a tax-free account from which they could pay future medical costs. The program will be administered by a total of 18 insurance companies, with Aetna controlling the largest area–32 states and the District of Columbia.
The program would be operated under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan, the largest purchaser of health insurance in the country, and also would be available to members of Congress and federal judges.