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Is Trey Radel using federal health benefits to pay for rehab?



The following is from the Fort Myers News-Press:

We’ve all heard about those cushy perks that go with being a member of Congress, not the least of which are heavily subsidized health benefits.

But how much of this taxpayer-supported largesse — aside from his annual $174,000 salary — will go toward the likely $658 daily bill Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fort Myers, is racking up at a Naples addiction treatment center? In short, no one but Radel can say for sure.

Radel enrolled in an inpatient program at Hazelden on Nov. 21, a day after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor-level cocaine possession charge in Washington. He blamed his alcoholism for the illegal drug use.

His office confirmed that the congressman uses federal health insurance benefits, though it would not specify the policy he holds. Radel’s representatives also could not say if he is using the insurance to help pay for his substance abuse treatment in Naples.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 11:16am]


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