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This paper provides an historical overview of the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program and its marketplace dynamics. It also reviews key program features and issues, including payments to health plans, strategies used to mitigate the opportunities for risk selection, and costs.


Issue brief no. 715.

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