Rob Simmons

Jon Lender: 5 Current Or Ex-Congressmen Choose Generous State Health Plan Over Vaunted Federal Coverage

Jon Lender: 5 Current Or Ex-Congressmen Choose Generous State Health Plan Over Vaunted Federal Coverage

Members of Congress enjoy famously generous federal health coverage benefits — but the evidence continues to show the average Connecticut state government employee does even better.

Some unusual new evidence has surfaced in the persons of Sen. Richard Blumenthal, former Sen. Joseph Lieberman, U.S. Rep. John Larson, and former U.S. Reps. Rob Simmons and Chris Shays.

All of them could obtain federal health coverage as active or retired congressmen, but all have chosen the state plan instead.

"The federal plan is a generous plan. The state plan is even more generous," said Shays, 71, who represented the southwest-Connecticut 4th Congressional District from 1987...

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