Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Jan. 7 (Bloomberg) — U.S. Senate and House negotiators are nearing agreement to fund implementation of the Affordable Care Act to the end of fiscal 2014, said Senator Tom Harkin.

Funding for the 2010 health-care law is one of the final sticking points in talks on a spending bill to finance the U.S. government through Sept. 30, said Harkin, an Iowa Democrat and chairman of the panel that sets spending for the Department of Health and Human Services. Funding expires Jan. 15.

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