Explainer: What’s in the U.S. coronavirus aid bill that just passed Congress?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate passed a more than $100 billion coronavirus aid package on Wednesday, sending it on to President Donald Trump who is expected to sign it into law. Lawmakers are already working on another stimulus effort in response to the widening outbreak in the country. The American Flag flies at the…

Explainer: What’s in the U.S. coronavirus aid bill that just passed Congress?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate passed a more than $100 billion coronavirus aid package on Wednesday, sending it on to President Donald Trump who is expected to sign it into law. Lawmakers are already working on another stimulus effort in response to the widening outbreak in the country. The American Flag flies at the U.S. Capitol Building, as Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a State of Emergency due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 18, 2020. REUTERS/Tom BrennerHere are major elements of the legislation, which passed the House of Representatives on Saturday. FREE CORONAVIRUS TESTING The bill would provide free coronavirus testing for those who need it. The Trump administration has struggled to make such tests available. The legislation would require private healthcare insurers to pay for all testing costs for beneficiaries with medical coverage. It also would cover testing costs for people who receive health care through government-run programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. It provides $1 billion to the National Disaster Medical System, a coordinated healthcare system and partnership involving several federal agencies, to cover costs for people without medical insurance. PAID SICK LEAVE AND EMERGENCY LEAVE FOR SOME WORKERS Roughly a third of U.S. employees, predominantly lower-paid workers, currently do not get paid wh
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