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In this Thursday, April 2, 2020, photo, Tulsa River Spirit Expo Center is mostly empty at the Tulsa Fairgrounds in Tulsa, Okla. (Stephen Pingry/Tulsa World via AP)

The Latest: UN to decide in month whether to delay meeting

Apr. 4, 2020 1:29 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: —CDC recommending Americans cover their faces when leaving...

Home Depot customers carry their purchases as they leave the store, Friday, April 3, 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Walmart limits store access; US airlines sign up for grants

Apr. 3, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments on Friday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus. ____________ COSTS MOUNT: The pandemic will cost the global economy as much as $4.1 trillion, or nearly...

FILE - This screen grab from the website HealthCare.gov 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...

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum speaks during a news conference, Thursday, April, 2, 2020 in Bismarck, N.D. North Dakota officials say they are confident the state will have enough hospital beds and equipment to handle the coming flood of coronavirus cases. The one thing they're worried about in a worst-case scenario is having enough health care workers. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

Burgum: Some not taking COVID-19 seriously; cases rise

Apr. 3, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum for the second consecutive day Thursday expressed frustration over reports that some residents aren’t taking social distancing seriously as as the number of COVID-19 cases in the state continues to rise. Some are “taking this serious and...

The Latest: Evers unveils second virus response package

Apr. 1, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in Wisconsin (all times local): 2:40 p.m. Gov. Tony Evers has released a second sweeping package of proposals in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic for the Legislature to take up. Republican leaders have been negotiating with Evers and said hours...

A group of kayakers practice social distancing while floating down the Greenbrier River Thursday, March 26, 2020 in Ronceverte, W.Va. Greenbrier County Health Department reported it's first COVID-19 case in the county Thursday. (Jenny Harnish/The Register-Herald via AP)

The Latest: Phuket closes land and sea entry and exit points

Mar. 30, 2020 3:07 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Trump extends stay-at-home guidelines for another 30 days....

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...

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2017 file photo, the CVS Health logo appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.  CVS Health’s Aetna is waiving patient payments for hospital stays tied to the coronavirus. CVS Health’s Aetna said Wednesday, March 25, 2020  that many of its customers will not have to make co-payments or other forms of cost sharing if they wind up admitted to a hospital in the insurer’s provider network. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Aetna waives patient payments for coronavirus hospital stays

Mar. 25, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

One of the nation’s biggest health insures is waiving patient payments for hospital stays tied to the coronavirus. CVS Health’s insurer Aetna said Wednesday that many of its customers will not have to make copayments or other forms of cost sharing if they wind up admitted to a hospital in the...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2019 photo, a patient sits in the living room of her apartment in the Brooklyn borough of New York during a telemedicine video conference with Dr. Deborah Mulligan. Telemedicine often involves diagnosing and treating a new health problem but is also used to keep tabs on an existing, long-term condition. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Telemedicine emerges as care option during COVID-19 outbreak

Mar. 21, 2020 6:12 AM EDT

Got a worrisome rash? You can still see a doctor if you can't leave home during the coronavirus outbreak. U.S. public health officials, hospitals and insurance companies are pushing people to try telemedicine for their allergies, earaches and other minor problems and skip the doctor's office or clinic. It's also...