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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. Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Good News, With Caveats: Some Insurers Waive Costs To Patients For COVID-19 Treatment

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?

The economic rescue package just passed by Congress will push this year's budget deficit above $3 trillion. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The U.S. Was Already Deep In Debt. This Year's Deficit Will Be 'Mind-Boggling'

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.

As hospitals consider how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting care, maternity wards across the country are changing policies on deliveries and visitors. Jasper Jacobs/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Pregnant Women Worry About Pandemic's Impact On Labor, Delivery And Babies

As pregnant women and their doctors consider how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting pregnancy and care, maternity wards across the country are reconsidering policies on deliveries and visitors.

Pregnant Women Worry About Pandemic's Impact On Labor, Delivery And Babies

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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. Marc Deville/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images hide caption

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Van Gogh Painting Stolen After Thieves Apparently Smash Dutch Museum Entrance

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.

A security guard and pedestrians stand at a closed cherry blossom viewing spot in Tokyo's Ueno Park on March 28. Japan has so far avoided the explosion of cases that China and South Korea have seen. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Japan 'On The Brink' But Government Resists Declaring Coronavirus State Of Emergency

Japan has so far avoided the explosion of cases that China and South Korea have seen. The Japan Medical Association has called for declaring an emergency that could lead to a three-week lockdown.

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Lost Work Because Of Coronavirus? How To Get Unemployment, Skip Loan Payments And More

The coronavirus pandemic has caused vast economic disruptions. Millions of people are filing for unemployment, trying to pay rent and deferring loans. If you've lost work, here are some things you can do.

Lost Work Because Of Coronavirus? How To Get Unemployment, Skip Loan Payments And More

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