Fresh off a new Congressional Budget Office scoring of their health care reform bill that drops the price tag from $1 trillion to just over $600 billion, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee members have returned to marking up the Affordable Health Choices Act with renewed enthusiasm -- at least from committee Democrats.

“We are pleased to report that the CBO has scored it at $611.4 billion over 10 years, with the new coverage provisions scored at $597 billion -- a significant reduction from earlier estimates,” said Sens. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) in a joint letter to committee members. 

The new score comes with the addition of provisions for a “strong, national public option” and an employer mandate requiring employers to pay 60% of employees’ insurance costs or contribute $750 a year per full-time employee.

However, your broker may be less than enthused. Click here to read more about why on Employee Benefit Adviser’s blog, Benefits Explained.

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