A critical bill that could keep the federal government running until Feb. 16 could also cut health insurers' and employer health plans' taxes by a total of about $29 billion over 10 years.

Lawmakers in the House have included the tax provisions in the "Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018″ (ECAA) bill.

If President Donald Trump fails to sign the ECAA bill, or another appropriations extension bill, into law quickly, the federal government could begin a partial shutdown at midnight on Friday.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor's insurance editor, previously was LifeHealthPro's health insurance editor. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Think_Allison.