The Senate on Nov. 10 voted 95-0 to pass legislation (H.R. 674) tightening the definition of modified adjusted gross income used to determine eligibility for subsidies, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The bill adds the non-taxable portion of Social Security benefits to the current definition to prevent middle-income Americans from qualifying for the low-income program.
Other federal assistance programs also include the entire Social Security benefit as income. The bill also amends the Internal Revenue Code to repeal the imposition of 3% withholding on certain payments made to government contractors.
The president is expected to sign the bill, which passed the House last month.
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