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How the year-end budget deal affects the Affordable Care Act

If you are wondering if the year-end spending and tax bills approved by Congress undid some of the funding for the Affordable Care Act – they did.

The bipartisan deal contained four major ACA provisions – rolling back three taxes which raised money to pay for the ACA, as well as renewing for another year a limitation the Republicans put in last year limiting the risk corridor payments to insurers. The Democrats backed the tax changes, and haven’t been able to stop the risk corridor change. The tax changes are worth $35 billion (if you count some related deductibility provisions, $32 billion if you don’t.)

This tip sheet will give you some understanding of what happened – and the questions about what comes next.

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