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Battered spouses can claim subsidies for health insurance
Washington Post

The Obama administration has decided to rewrite federal tax rules to allow battered spouses who are living separately from their abusers to claim government subsidies to help them afford health plans through new insurance marketplaces.

The decision, announced by Treasury Department officials Wednesday, is an attempt to resolve a long-percolating controversy over access to the subsidies. The 2010 Affordable Care Act created these tax credits for people buying coverage through federal and state insurance exchanges — the first time the government has helped many Americans pay for private insurance. But the law says that married people may get such help only if they file their taxes jointly.