President Donald Trump has bypassed Congress as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes that fund Medicare and replace an expired unemployment benefit with a lower amount after legislative negotiations on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed.
Vilified, threatened with violence and in some cases suffering from burnout, dozens of state and local public health officials around the U.S. have resigned or have been fired amid the coronavirus outbreak.
California's top public health official has resigned, just days after the state announced a fix for a glitch that caused a lag in reporting coronavirus test results used to make decisions about reopening businesses and schools.
Over the past several weeks, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan said it has been seeing a steady increase in weekly and monthly healthcare claims, which suggests people are resuming elective procedures delayed by concerns over COVID-19.
Revenue losses at hospitals and outpatient surgery centers may have exceeded $5 billion from canceled knee and hip replacements alone during a roughly two-month hiatus on elective procedures earlier this year.
Hospitals, doctors and healthcare institutions this month are committing to efforts to engage Americans in the election process as part of Civic Health Month, a nationwide campaign that kicked off Aug. 1.