WASHINGTON -- With major health care reform legislation all but dead for this year, chances are dimming for enactment of a provision backed by several top senators that would ease curbs on 501(c)(3) bonds, lobbyists said yesterday.

When Congress returns from its summer recess on Sept. 12, it may decide to postpone the entire health care reform issue until next year. If lawmakers take any action at all, they will probably approve a minor bill with only incremental insurance reforms that may have no room for the 501(c)(3) bond provision, the lobbyists said.

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