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Health Apr 22Virus expert claims reprisal for opposing drug Trump touted
The head of a government agency combating the coronavirus pandemic says he was ousted for opposing politically connected efforts to promote a malaria drug that President Donald Trump has touted without proof as a remedy for COVID-19.
Economy Apr 22Social Security and Medicare funds were already at risk. The virus crisis will deplete them faster
The financial condition of the government’s two biggest benefit programs remains shaky, with Medicare expected to become insolvent in just six years, while Social Security will be unable to pay full benefits starting in 2035, the government said Wednesday.
Health Mar 31WATCH: Trump warns of ‘rough’ times ahead with new projected pandemic death toll
President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Americans to brace for a “rough two-week period” ahead as the White House released new projections that there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic even if current…
Health Mar 31White House turns to statistical models for virus forecast
White House officials are relying on statistical models to help predict the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and try to protect as many people as possible.
Health Mar 23Trump says he intends to reopen country in weeks, not months
The comments were further evidence that Trump has grown impatient with the pandemic, even before it has reached its expected peak.
Health Mar 23Feds see uptick in virus frauds preying on Medicare recipients
Federal law enforcement warns that scam artists are preying on older people's fears by peddling fake tests for the coronavirus to Medicare recipients. In Florida, some seniors are being told falsely that President Donald Trump has mandated they get tested.
Health Mar 14Straight-talking Fauci explains outbreak to a worried nation
Fauci's political bosses — from Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump — have let him do the explaining because he's frank and understandable, translating complex medical information into everyday language while neither exaggerating nor downplaying.
Politics Mar 12AP fact check: Trump is wrong about insurers covering coronavirus
Trump's misstatement on health insurance was one of a number of claims in his prime-time address that were at odds with the facts.
Health Mar 10WATCH: At White House, insurers again pledge no-cost virus tests
Major insurers are pledging to cover coronavirus tests at no cost to patients. But those assurances — repeated at a White House meeting Tuesday — may not resolve public concerns about testing.
Health Mar 05Insurers will cover virus tests, but costs may apply
Vice President Mike Pence is assuring Americans that lab tests for coronavirus will be covered by private and government health insurance. But that promise appears to be less than airtight.