The national media are noticing that Koch Industries is among the 2,000 groups that have been approved to seek federal reimbursement for the health claims of "early retirees." The program, which is part of the federal health care law, is aimed at retired workers 55 or older who are too young to get Medicare. The Washington Post noted that David Koch "has been a major funder of groups that lobbied heavily to defeat the health care law." But Melissa Cohlmia, director of communication at Koch Industries, defended the company seeking federal help. "Once laws or programs are enacted, we will not place ourselves or our employees at a disadvantage by turning our back on incentives offered to our competitors," she said.