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The new Senate health bill would drastically affect children who depend on Medicaid to cover their special medical needs, even though Senate Republicans tried to shield them, reports Kaiser Health News. The legislation would exempt many young recipients from the new, highly-restrictive Medicaid spending caps that are applied on a per-person basis — but as many as 4 million wouldn't qualify the way the exemption is written.

What's at stake: Children with special conditions, such as those with cystic fibrosis, autism, and Down syndrome, would be subject to the cuts determined by their state, who are already under mounting financial pressure.

Why it matters: Advocacy groups weren't thrilled with the exemption in the first place -- they didn't want to see some vulnerable people being protected from Medicaid spending limits while others weren't. But this piece provides fresh evidence that the exemption wouldn't even shield all of the children it was trying to reach.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York COVID restrictions.
  3. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in DecemberAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  4. Education: U.S. public school enrollment drops as pandemic persists — National standardized tests delayed until 2022.
  5. Cities: Los Angeles County issues stay-at-home order, limits gatherings.
  6. World: London police arrest dozens during anti-lockdown protests — Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.

Tony Hsieh, longtime Zappos CEO, dies at 46

Tony Hsieh. Photo: FilmMagic/FilmMagic

Tony Hsieh, the longtime ex-chief executive of Zappos, died on Friday after being injured in a house fire, his lawyer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He was 46.

The big picture: Hsieh was known for his unique approach to management, and following the 2008 recession his ongoing investment and efforts to revitalize the downtown Las Vegas area.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
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The unicorn stampede is coming

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Airbnb and DoorDash plan to go public in the next few weeks, capping off a very busy year for IPOs.

What's next: You ain't seen nothing yet.