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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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Biden administration seeks to allow separated migrant families to reunite in U.S.

Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas announced Monday that the Biden administration will explore "lawful pathways" to allow migrant families separated under the Trump administration to reunite in the U.S.

Why it matters: Biden has pledged to reunite the hundreds of families still separated as a result of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, and signed an executive order last month creating a family separation task force chaired by Mayorkas.

CDC director warns "now is not the time" to lift COVID restrictions

CDC director Rochelle Walensky warned states on Monday that "now is not the time" to lift public health restrictions, as the recent dramatic declines in coronavirus cases and deaths "appear to be stalling."

Why it matters: While the average of 70,000 new infections and 2,000 daily deaths is nowhere near the extremely high levels recorded at the start of 2021, the figures are still a poor baseline to "stop a potential fourth surge" — especially with the threat posed by more contagious new variants, Walensky warned.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduces "ultra-millionaire" wealth tax bill

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Monday introduced a bill in the Senate that would impose a new tax on the assets of America's wealthiest individuals.

Why it matters: The plan, which Warren introduced along with Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) is similar to a proposal that was the centerpiece of Warren's campaign for the presidency in 2020.