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This week in Washington: House passes reconciliation package.

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Administration Proposed Rules Final Rules Reports Congress House House Passes Reconciliation Package On Nov. 19, the House passed the $1.7 trillion reconciliation package with a vote of 220-213. Votes came the morning after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) published a complete cost estimate of the reconciliation package, also called the Build Back Better (BBB) Act. Healthcare provisions in the reconciliation package include an extension of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) tax credits, a short-term policy to address the Medicaid coverage gap, the addition of hearing benefits to Medicare, a cap for seniors’ out-of-pocket drug costs and authority for Medicare to negotiate some drug prices. The reconciliation package now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to be modified to meet reconciliation restrictions. The bill will then return to the House for another vote.The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates extending the American Rescue Plan’s higher ACA tax credits and allowing people in states that did not expand Medicaid to access the subsidies from 2022 to 2025, as well as the BBB’s other coverage […]

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