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CBO: Push to modify ACA employer provisions would cost $51.6B

A House bill that would modify certain parts of the Affordable Care Act related to employer-sponsored health benefits would cost the federal government $51.6 billion over the next 10 years, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis. The legislation, which could be brought to the floor for a vote this week, includes provisions that would retroactively suspend the ACA's employer mandate penalties from 2015 through 2019, change the definition of "full-time" employment to 40 hours per week instead of 30, and postpone the implementation of the ACA tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health plans to 2023.

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