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Health Insurer Issues Refunds

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Rebates for some Massachusetts health insurance customers and higher profits for CVS Health are two impacts of the pandemic; people used fewer health services.

Virginia Rolls Out First Contact Tracing App In US Using Apple-Google Tech

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“No one is tracking you. None of your personal information is saved,” Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) said in a televised briefing. Across the country in California, a genetic testing company says it’s solved many of the hurdles holding back a simpler, faster COVID-19 test.

Trump, Biden Weigh Location Options For Acceptance Speeches

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With the pandemic keeping both presidential candidates away from their national convention sites, President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden will likely deliver speeches closer to home. Other reports on how the epidemic is affecting the November election.

Another Congressman Contracts COVID

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Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Illinois) announced he tested positive. Davis had made more of an effort than many other Republican Congress members to wear a mask, reports Politico.

Relief Funds Flowed To Nursing Home Providers Accused Of Fraud, Misdeeds

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A Washington Post analysis of coronavirus relief money distribution finds that hundreds of millions of dollars went to dozens of nursing home companies that settled recent lawsuits with the Justice Department over alleged improper Medicare billing, forged documents, substandard care and other abuses.

Medicaid Expansion Passes In Missouri

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Another ballot measure campaign results in voters again overruling Republican state lawmakers who refused to expand Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, fewer unemployed have enrolled in Medicaid during the pandemic than expected.

National Guard’s Pandemic Aid To States Extended But At Higher Cost

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President Donald Trump reauthorized the mission of National Guard members deployed across the U.S. to help with coronavirus response efforts. He also reduced funding though, requiring state governments to contribute millions a month to the costs.

Another Lockdown Is Considered, Dismissed By Some

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While the economic damage of the COVID epidemic grows, the debate has resumed whether the country would be better off financially if it went on a brief, but intense, lockdown.

Social Distancing Around The World Pushes Flu Rates To Record Low

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In China, new reports of mumps, measles and some sexually transmitted diseases have also fallen off. In other public health news: turning the Diamond Princess’ outbreak into a case study; research on ventilation systems; the impact of air conditioning; West Nile virus in Austin; and more.

Missouri Medicaid Expansion Fight Heats Up Ahead Of Vote

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Whether Missouri should expand its Medicaid program will be put to voters next Tuesday. In other Medicaid news: Texas extends pandemic flexibility; telehealth users want permanent change; and many doctors support benefits for unemployed.