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The National Association of Realtors praised the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Small Business Health Fairness Act, H.R. 525, late Tuesday. The legislation, which is one of NAR's top priorities, will allow small businesses and self-employed workers to band together through a trade or professional association to negotiate lower health insurance costs for participants. Small-business health plans would operate under the same rules as federally regulated large corporate and union plans that provide group health insurance to all participants regardless of where they live. The bill was introduced earlier this year by Reps. John Boehner, R-Ohio; Sam Johnson, R-Texas; Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y.; and Albert Wynn, D-Md.; and by Sens. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine; Jim Talent, R-Mo.; Kit Bo...