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Aetna was the first insurer to announce its plan to help shield patients with COVID-19 from high medical bills. But out-of-network charges and other surprise bills remain a risk, say advocates for patients.
Mon, 03/30/2020 - 17:56

Aetna, Cigna and Humana now say they will waive most treatment costs associated with COVID-19 that would normally be picked up by patients enrolled in their health plans. Will other firms follow suit?

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at a news conference at the presidential palace in Mexico City, on March 24.
Mon, 03/30/2020 - 17:33

Andrés Manuel López Obrador drew criticism for failing to model good social distancing by shaking hands with the drug boss' mother, even after telling Mexicans to stay home to avoid COVID-19.

A person wearing protective equipment at a coronavirus testing site for first responders, on Monday in Los Angeles.
Mon, 03/30/2020 - 17:25

The World Health Organization says that a high percentage of positive tests means that local health authorities are focusing on obvious cases and not getting a clear picture of epidemic's scope.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, surrounded by a bipartisan group of members of the House, signs the CARES Act on March 27.
Mon, 03/30/2020 - 17:19

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it could be several weeks before any bipartisan legislation. She also said she would not be tested herself, despite an apparent new case among her members.

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 17:02

The county sheriff said Howard-Browne's "reckless disregard for human life put hundreds of people in his congregation at risk."

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 16:29

The automaker is working with GE Health to build a simple ventilator licensed from a small medical technology firm. The government has been pushing automakers to help make the vital medical equipment.

With the coronavirus outbreak taking hold in the U.S., thousands of flights have been canceled — but on Sunday, there were still 2,800 planes in the air, according to aviation site
Mon, 03/30/2020 - 16:24

"The U.S. domestic market is so large that even a substantial decrease leaves a lot of traffic in the sky," says Ian Petchenik, of the aviation tracking site

President Trump speaks in the White House's Rose Garden on Sunday.
Mon, 03/30/2020 - 16:17

The White House coronavirus task force convened a news conference following a concession by the Trump administration that normalcy won't be restored by Easter or maybe even this spring.

U.S. Marine Corps recruits at Parris Island shown in 2018. The Marine Corps announced Monday that it was suspending shipments of marines for basic training to Parris Island over concerns about coronavirus infections there.
Mon, 03/30/2020 - 16:12

The U.S. Marine Corps won't be shipping new recruits this week to one of its two U.S. training centers. Last week four people at the Parris Island, S.C. installation tested positive for COVID-19.

The logo of the World Health Organization (WHO) at its headquarters in Geneva. The organization says the coronavirus is primarily transmitted "through respiratory droplets and contact routes," not airborne transmission.
Mon, 03/30/2020 - 15:23

Dr. Hanan Balkhy of the World Health Organization says the evidence so far is that the coronavirus doesn't seem to linger in the air. Some virus transmission experts have criticized this guidance.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, speaks after the arrival of the USNS Comfort, a naval hospital ship with a 1,000 bed-capacity.
Mon, 03/30/2020 - 15:05

Cuomo said more than 66,000 people have tested positive in the state for coronavirus, accounting for nearly half of all cases in the U.S. About 36,000 of those cases are in New York City.

An 1887 self-portrait by artist Vincent Van Gogh from the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. Another Van Gogh painting was stolen from a Dutch museum early Monday morning.
Mon, 03/30/2020 - 15:03

The painting, titled "The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring 1884," was stolen early Monday morning from the Singer Laren Museum near Amsterdam. Police say the thieves smashed a glass entrance.

People walk in Frederiksberg Garden in Copenhagen on March 28.
Mon, 03/30/2020 - 15:02

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen is expressing cautious optimism that her country will be able to begin a gradual reopening after Easter. "The Danish way of doing things is working," she said Monday.

The economic rescue package just passed by Congress will push this year's budget deficit above $3 trillion.
Mon, 03/30/2020 - 14:23

The economic rescue package just passed by Congress will push this year's budget deficit above $3 trillion. Such huge levels of deficit spending used to set off alarm bells in Washington, but no more.

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 14:04

Citing the coronavirus, the Internet Archive expanded its lending program for the digital copies of millions of books. But many writers and publishers say it is sharing their work without permission.


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