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Customers wear face masks as they line up to enter a supermarket keeping social distancing following the government's measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday a complete lockdown over the upcoming Passover holiday to control the country's coronavirus outbreak, but offered citizens some hope by saying he expects to lift widespread restrictions after the week-long festival. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Twitter's Dorsey sets up $1B fund; consumers get some breaks

Apr. 7, 2020 11:30 PM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Tuesday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus. ___________ CUSTOMERS FIRST: The pandemic is sapping trillions from the economy and the ramifications for...

New Maine law designed to take away opioid treatment barrier

Apr. 4, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A new law in Maine exempts the need for prior authorization for medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder under MaineCare. The law is designed to mirror legislation from a previous legislative session that reduced the prior authorization process for private health...

FILE - This screen grab from the website shows the extended deadline for signing up for health care coverage for 2020.   (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services via AP, File)

Insurance marketplaces offer help with coronavirus job cuts

Apr. 3, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

More than a million people could swamp the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces in the coming months as employers lay off staff during the coronavirus pandemic. The health insurance markets are a backbone of the Obama-era law that President Donald Trump has tried to demolish. They are now...

In this March 27, 2020, photo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., walks to her office after signing the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump wants to spend $2 trillion on infrastructure projects to create jobs and help the collapsing economy rebuild from the coronavirus' stunning blows. Pelosi says that seems about right. Sounds like the prelude to a bipartisan deal. Except that when it comes to trying to upgrade the country's road, rail, water and broadband systems, Washington frequently veers off the tracks — usually over the bill's contents and how to pay for it. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Record jobless claims but Dems, GOP divide over rescue bill

Apr. 2, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh data on Thursday that detailed a record avalanche of unemployment claims offered no signs of easing the rift between Democrats and Republicans over the need for new legislation financing infrastructure and other job-creation programs. With the coronavirus barreling across the...

A couple sits on an empty section of Waikiki Beach in Honolulu on Saturday, March 28, 2020. Like many cities across the world, Honolulu came to an eerie standstill this weekend as the coronavirus pandemic spread throughout the islands. But Hawaii officials went beyond the standard stay-at-home orders and effectively flipped the switch on the state's tourism-fueled economic engine in a bid to slow the spread of the virus. As of Thursday, anyone arriving in Hawaii must undergo a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. The unprecedented move dramatically reduced the number of people on beaches, in city parks and on country roads where many people rely on tourism to pay for the high cost of living in Hawaii. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

Hawaii governor orders quarantine for travel between islands

Mar. 30, 2020 9:52 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige further tightened travel restrictions to limit the spread of the coronavirus on Monday by ordering people moving between islands to adhere to a 14-day self-quarantine. The order, which takes effect at midnight on Wednesday, won't apply to essential workers like health...

Kentucky governor signs coronavirus-relief bill

Mar. 30, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Legislation offering relief to workers and employers suffering economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic was signed by Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday. The bill was put on the fast track by lawmakers last week as the Bluegrass State deals with rising numbers of coronavirus...

Law to stop dental insurance waiting periods on Maine books

Mar. 29, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A new law that prohibits insurance companies from requiring waiting periods before covering tooth decay in children is on the books in Maine. The proposal from Democratic Sen. Heather Sanborn of Portland was intended to make sure children have timely access to dental care. Democratic...

Law to protect small pharmacies on the books in Maine

Mar. 27, 2020 2:45 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A new law in Maine is designed to protect small pharmacies from unexpected charges from insurance companies. The proposal, called “Act Act To Prohibit Health Insurance Carriers from Retroactively Reducing Payment on Clean Claims Submitted by Pharmacies,” was signed into...

Christine Hohf, wearing a unicorn costume, right,and Andi Correa, wearing a dinosaur costume, walk through South Addition, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in Anchorage. Hohf, who works as a scrub tech at a surgery center, said her hours were cut due to elective surgeries being put off because of the coronavirus pandemic, and she wanted to do something that would make people smile. (Loren Holmes/Anchorage Daily News via AP)

Alaska unemployment claims jump amid coronavirus concerns

Mar. 26, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Claims for unemployment benefits have risen sharply in Alaska as concerns over the coronavirus ripple through the state, officials said Thursday. Claims filed during the latest weekly reporting period totaled 7,806, up from 1,120 the week prior, said Lennon Weller, actuary for the...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. gives a thumbs up as he leaves the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, where a deal has been reached on a coronavirus bill. The 2 trillion dollar stimulus bill is expected to be voted on in the Senate Wednesday. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Airlines, others to benefit from $2 trillion rescue bill

Mar. 25, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

The White House and Senate leaders agreed early Wednesday on a $2 trillion economic rescue package, the largest in the country's history. The bill comes in response to the viral pandemic that has shut down businesses and crippled economies around the globe. The bill would give direct payments to most American...