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October 18, 2013

Congress Had Ended the Shutdown-No Big Effect on the ACA

Congress has settled on legislation that agrees to finance the operations of the government until January 15, 2014 and raises the national debt limit through the middle of February, 2014. As a result, the government shutdown has officially been lifted as of October 17, 2013 and federal workers have finally returned back to work.

All healthcare provisions were stripped out of the bill, including the delay/repeal of the medical tax and reinsurance tax.The only specific health care provision left in the bill was the inclusion of new procedures for HHS to verify incomes of people who will obtain federal premium subsidies to buy health coverage through the marketplaces. The legislation failed to remove the sequestration cuts, which are detrimental to health insurance providers and all of Indian Country programs and services.