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GOP leaders propose health bill changes to help older people

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(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. calls on a member of the media during a news conference following a GOP party conference at the Capitol, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. calls on a member of the media during a news conference following a GOP party conference at the Capitol, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Washington.

By ALAN FRAM
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Top House Republicans hunting votes for their health care overhaul are proposing amendments aimed at providing more help for older people, curbing Medicaid and accelerating the repeal of some tax increases.

The bill would let people deduct more medical costs from taxes. It would repeal many tax increases boosted by President Barack Obama's 2010 statute this year instead of 2018.

Older and disabled Medicaid recipients would get more generous benefits. But states could impose work requirements on the program.

The bill would let the Senate approve tax credits more generous to people age 50 to 64. Congressional analysts say the current GOP legislation would hit many with big cost increases.

GOP leaders released the changes late Monday, three days ahead of a planned House vote on the bill.

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