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Were You Notified About Missing Tax Forms for Your ACA Subsidy? Blame COVID.

Still, that might not be sufficient. Straw also recommends that people contact the IRS directly and ask for a tax transcript that shows their return was received, including Form 8962.That way, if the marketplace does cut off premium tax credits and people have to appeal, they have documentation proving they filed the necessary forms. (If it comes to this, consumers can elect to continue receiving premium tax credits while they appeal.) Unfortunately, people who run into this trouble might not get much expert help. Navigators are no longer required to help consumers with problems after they’ve enrolled, though they may still do so, Straw said.Kaiser Health News, Read More.

3 million new Covid-19 infections were reported in November, as hospitalizations reach a record high

November isn’t even over, and the US has already seen more new Covid-19 cases than any other month of this entire pandemic. More than 3 million new cases were reported between November 1 and 22, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. That’s about a quarter of all US cases since the beginning of this pandemic. Yes, testing has increased. But it hasn’t kept pace with the rate of new infections.CNN, Read More.

I Traced My Covid-19 Bubble and It’s Enormous

Mark Horne, the president of the Mississippi State Medical Association, sketched out grandma’s demise in even more horrifying detail. “You’re going to say ‘Hi’ at Thanksgiving, ‘It’s so nice to see you’,” he said in a recent briefing, and then “you’re either going to be visiting her by FaceTime in the I.C.U. or planning a small funeral by Christmas.”The New York Times, Read More.

As U.S. Reaches 250,000 Deaths From COVID-19, A Long Winter Is Coming

The United States has surpassed yet another devastating milestone in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic: 250,000 Americans have now died from the disease. That’s more than twice the number of U.S. service members killed in World War I. Coronavirus case numbers are exploding across the country at the beginning of what is shaping up to be a difficult winter of illness in America.NPR, Read More.

Black, Latino and Native American people being hospitalized with COVID-19 at roughly 4 times rate of white counterparts: CDC

New reporting from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that Black, Latino, Hispanic and Native American people are being hospitalized with COVID-19 at nearly four times the rate of non-Hispanic white persons.The agency said that between March 1 and Nov. 7, it received reports of over 70,000 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19-associated hospitalizations, of which 67,259 include race and ethnicity data. The Hill, Read More.

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