U.S. Senate approves final healthcare reform changes
WASHINGTON, March 25 |
WASHINGTON, March 25 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved a package of changes to President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare overhaul and sent the bill to the House of Representatives for final passage.
The changes put the finishing touches on the sweeping healthcare reform bill signed into law by Obama on Tuesday. The House is expected to approve the package later on Thursday and send it to Obama for his signature.
The changes include an expansion of subsidies to make insurance more affordable and provide more state aid for the Medicaid program for the poor. They also eliminate a controversial Senate deal exempting Nebraska from paying for Medicaid expansion costs and close a gap in prescription drug coverage for seniors.
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