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An Atlanta emergency room in 2006. Photo: Jonathan Torgovnik/Getty Images

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp — a Republican — released Monday his plan for a partial Medicaid expansion, with work requirements attached. It will apply for partial expansion if the initial request is rejected.

The big picture: If the waiver is approved, Georgia would be the first state with work requirements built into its expansion. Other states have tried to retroactively apply work requirements.

  • Kemp's aides estimate that the plan would cover about 50,000 of the 408,000 Georgians who fall beneath the federal poverty level but don't qualify for Medicaid.
  • Low-income Georgians could also receive subsidized employer coverage if their employer offers insurance but it's unaffordable for them.

The catch: Georgia isn't seeking full federal funding for its partial expansion — because the federal government has already rejected that approach.

Go deeper: How Georgia plans to radically reshape its individual health insurance market

Editor's note: This item has been corrected to say that Georgia will ask for full federal funding for Medicaid expansion (not partial), and will only apply for partial funding if its initial request is rejected.

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House passes $1.9 trillion COVID relief package

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The House approved President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package on a 219-212 vote early Saturday morning, sending it to the Senate for a possible rewrite before it gets to Biden's desk.

The big picture: The vote was a critical first step for the package, which includes $1,400 cash payments for many Americans, a national vaccination program, ramped-up COVID testing and contact tracing, state and local funding and money to help schools reopen.

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Biden says it's "not the time to relax" after touring vaccination site

President Biden speaking after visiting a FEMA Covid-19 vaccination facility in Houston on Feb. 26. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden said Friday that "it's not the time to relax" coronavirus mitigation efforts and warned that the number of cases and hospitalizations could rise again as new variants of the virus emerge.

Why it matters: Biden, who made the remarks after touring a vaccination site in Houston, echoed CDC director Rochelle Walensky, who said earlier on Friday that while the U.S. has seen a recent drop in cases and hospitalizations, "these declines follow the highest peak we have experienced in the pandemic."

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