The hold on Katherine Archuleta to be the new director of the Office of Personnel Management may be a short one.
At issue are regulations OPM and the administration are developing to implement how the Affordable Care Act would apply to lawmakers and their staffs on Oct. 1. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said earlier this week he would put a hold on Archuleta’s nomination because the administration hadn’t issued the final rule.
A White House official said today the final rule would be issued next week and will make it clear that these employees will enroll in health care exchange plans, will not qualify for premium tax credits, and, like private sector employees, will not lose their employer contributions for these health plans.
Politico first reported the updated status of the impending regulations.
A Coburn spokesman said the ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee would not comment until the final regulations were out.
The White House official said members of both parties requested OPM develop regulations to implement the law.
“The administration is focused on making this law work right,” the official said.