Congress ap­proved bi­par­ti­san leg­is­la­tion aimed at pre­vent­ing pre­mium in­creases that some small busi­nesses were ex­pect­ing next year un­der the Af­ford­able Care Act.

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The law now de­fines small busi­nesses as those with up to 50 em­ploy­ees. That num­ber ex­pands Jan. 1 to 100. The bill ap­proved last week would keep the small-busi­ness def­i­ni­tion at 50 work­ers but let states in­crease the num­ber if they choose. Busi­ness groups com­plained that a change in def­i­ni­tion would raise many em­ploy­ers’ healthcare costs. The Se­nate sent the bill by a voice vote to Pres­i­dent Barack Obama for his ex­pected sig­na­ture.

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