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The roster of VIPs benefiting from health reform grows with a prominent addition

By Rich Daly
10:30 am, Jun. 8

Add another influential Washington figure whose family is directly benefitting from provisions of the healthcare overhaul. But this time it's someone who actually supports the law.

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) made news last month when he acknowledged that his 23-year-old daughter qualified for coverage under his congressional insurance policy because of the law's requirement that insurers cover any adult child up to 26 years old who applies for coverage. Brown famously campaigned as what was then believed to be the key vote to stop the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act from passing the Senate.

But the federal official in charge implementing many of the law's payment and delivery reforms throughout the government's healthcare programs has her own personal connection to the ACA.

Marilyn Tavenner, acting administrator of the CMS, told attendees as a Washington meeting on accountable care organizations that her adult daughter is similarly insured through her policy because of the healthcare law.

Tavenner said her 25-year-old daughter, who has Type I diabetes, received coverage while in school because of the law.

“So I personally have benefitted from the program,” Tavenner said.

Tavenner's personal testimony about benefits of the law's young adult coverage provision coincidentally echoed the administration's public relation's push on the law, which has prominently featured the number of young adults receiving coverage under the provision.

Who knows, maybe Tavenner's and Brown's daughters will be featured in the administration's upcoming $20 million ad campaign on the law's benefits.

Follow Rich Daly on Twitter @MHRDaly.

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