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IRS ruling on same-sex couples has implications for health law

Kaiser Health News, September 3, 2013
Thursday's announcement that the federal government will give the same tax treatment to legally married same-sex couples as they do to heterosexual couples may have ripple effects for the 2010 health care law. The decision from the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service means that the income of legally married same-sex couples will be considered in determining eligibility for enrollment in the health law's Medicaid expansion and for subsidies to purchase coverage in the law's online marketplaces, or exchanges. The tax ruling applies regardless of whether the couple lives in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage, the agencies said.