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Adriana Gomez Licon / AP

The latest amendment to the GOP health care bill that's up for a vote today in the House includes a provision that would allow states to obtain waivers from certain ACA regulations that requires they cover 10 kinds of health services, per the WSJ.

  • That could include large employer plans, and affect out of pocket caps and lifetime limits.
  • Why it matters: The employer insurance market is much, much larger than the individual market. About half of Americans get their health insurance through their employers, and this could make out-of-pocket healthcare costs surge.
  • Coverage at stake: Maternity care, prescription drugs, mental health treatment, and hospitalization.
  • Consider this: A senior VP at Kaiser Family Foundation said many employers wouldn't take advantage of this amendment since they want to "offer quality benefits to attract employees."

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Senate Democrats struck a deal Friday evening to extend unemployment insurance in President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package after deliberating and halting other action for roughly nine hours, per a Senate aide.

Why it matters: The Senate can now resume voting on other amendments to the broader rescue bill.

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A panel appointed by Congress to review security measures at the Capitol is recommending several changes, including mobile fencing and a bigger Capitol police force, to safeguard the area after a riotous mob breached the building on Jan. 6.

Why it matters: Law enforcement officials have warned there could be new plots to attack the area and target lawmakers, including during a speech President Biden is expected to give to a joint session of Congress.

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Why it matters: In total, electricity companies are billions of dollars short on the post-storm payments they now owe to the state's grid operator. There's no clear path for how they will pay — something being watched closely across the country as extreme weather events become more common.