Some unions could get break from health care fees


WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of complaining about the new health care law, some labor unions could get a break from fees imposed on everyone covered by health insurance.

But the Obama administration's plan to exempt "certain self-insured, self-administered plans" from fees in 2015 and 2016 isn't sitting well with Republicans. They say the move smacks of favoritism for a White House ally.

The issue surfaced last week after the administration quietly included language about the plan in another set of rules. Health care experts believe it would apply to some union health plans, but how many remains unclear.

Labor officials deny they received any favoritism and say the exemption won't cover most union plans.

The Obama administration says once any rule is proposed, it will consider all comments before moving ahead.