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A billion-dollar idea? Members of the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday approved a measure that would alter the formula used to determine family eligibility for federal subsidies on health insurance purchases guaranteed under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The revised formula will include Social Security benefits as part of the income calculation to determine eligibility for federal subsidies. The measure could save the government $13 billion between 2014 and 2021. All well and good, notes The Hill’s Julien Pecquet, but the more restrictive eligibility requirements make it harder to get help for many of the people who need it most.

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