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House Republicans target IRS, FFEs

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Two House Republicans introduced new legislation to block an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rule that will offer tax credits for buying health insurance in Federally Facilitated Exchanges (FFEs). Reps. Scott DesJarlais and Phil Roe maintain that since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) only authorized tax credits for the purchase of insurance on state-run exchanges—and not for federally operated exchanges—the IRS rule cannot offer tax credits in both marketplaces. The legislation would affect many of the estimated 16 million people expected to gain coverage, as about 30 states are expected to have federally run exchanges. Under the IRS rule, premium tax credits will be available to individuals between 100 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level who purchase coverage inside of both state and federal exchanges beginning in 2014. Additional subsidies are available for individuals up to 250 percent of the federal poverty level.

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