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The draft Senate health care bill would move to the left of the House bill by easing the phaseout of the Medicaid expansion. But it would also move to the right by eventually shifting to a lower Medicaid growth rate — a nod to conservatives.

Here's what's been presented to members on Medicaid, according to two Senate GOP aides, and more briefings on other policy areas are expected this week:

  • It includes a three year glide path for phasing out Medicaid expansion. This means that beginning in 2020, the enhanced federal funding rate for the expansion population will lower to the state's traditional match rate over three years.
  • It will keep the House's per per-person funding growth rate, which was tied to medical inflation, but in 2025 it lowers to being tied to inflation, a lower growth rate. The Hill first reported this piece.
  • States would be able to pick the base spending amount for their starting growth rate based on eight consecutive quarters. A senior GOP aide said this is "intended to help expansion states deal with the change."

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New York prepares for staff shortages from health vaccine mandate

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul during a news conference Tuesday in New York City.. Photo: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) announced Saturday she would declare a state of emergency if there were health worker shortages due to New York's upcoming COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Why it matters: Hochul moved to reassure concerns of staffing shortages in the health care sector in a statement that also outlined plans to call in medically trained National Guard members, workers from outside New York and retirees if necessary when the mandate takes effect Monday.

California to remove word "alien" from state laws

Gov. Gavin Newsom during a September news conference in Oakland, California. Photo: Jane Tyska/Digital First Media/East Bay Times via Getty Images

California is removing the word "alien" from its state laws and replacing it with words such as "noncitizen" and "immigrant," Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced.

Why it matters: The word "alien" began to be used in the 1990s "as a political dog whistle to express bigotry and hatred without using traditionally racist language," per a statement from Newsom's office.

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