H.R. 1624, a bill that would change a small-group definition provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), sailed through the Senate Thursday.
Members of the Senate approved the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act bill by a voice vote. The House approved the bill by a voice vote Monday.
Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., the lawmaker who introduced the bill, attracted 48 Democratic cosponsors for the bill in the House.
The White House has not yet said whether President Obama will sign the law. A strong PPACA supporter, Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., inserted a statement into the Congressional Record after the House vote indicating that he agrees on the need for group definition fix but would prefer to see lawmakers come up with a temporary fix, rather than a permanent change in PPACA.