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As the pandemic wreaks havoc in the U.S., snatching millions of jobs, the $600 weekly pandemic unemployment payments have single-handedly changed the economic equation in America. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Izzy Benasso injured her knee while playing tennis with her father Steve Benasso in Denver. After the college student had knee surgery to repair the injury, her dad noticed her medical bills included a separate one from a surgical assistant for $1,167. Rachel Woolf for KHN hide caption

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The Knee Surgeon Was In-Network. The Surgical Assistant Wasn't, And Billed $1,167

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A historic drop in mortgage rates has millions of homeowners refinancing to save money. It's helping home sales, but it's not helping the broader economy as much as it would in a normal recession. Ted Shaffrey/AP hide caption

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Record Low Mortgage Rates Put More Cash In Pockets, But May Not Boost Economy Much

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Federal Tax Filing Deadline Arrives

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Until recently, Steven Kanaplue and Miriam Kanter were living in a one-bedroom apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side with their dog Booey. The pandemic clinched their decision to move to Montclair, N.J. Norman Kanaplue hide caption

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New Yorkers Look To Suburbs And Beyond. Other City Dwellers May Be Next

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A manager of a financial services store in Ballwin, Mo., counts cash being paid to a client as part of a loan in 2018. Consumer groups blasted a new payday lending rule and its timing during a pandemic that has put tens of millions of people out of work. Sid Hastings/AP hide caption

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It wasn't easy in early March to get a test in the U.S. confirming you had the coronavirus — scarce availability of tests meant patients had to meet strict criteria linked to a narrow set of symptoms and particular travel history. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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Get A Comfortable Chair: Permanent Work From Home Is Coming

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An economic relief check distributed by the IRS to help with hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic. It may take some time for the IRS to get through its backlog of work. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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With Tax Deadline Looming, IRS Faces Backlog As It Transitions Out Of COVID-19 Crisis

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Visitors to the New York Department of Labor are turned away at the door by personnel because of closures over coronavirus concerns in New York on March 18. New York state began offering job protections for those required, or cautioned, to self-isolate or quarantine by a government entity. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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Liz McLemore spent weeks trying to enroll in a health plan after being laid off and losing her job-based coverage. "You just got to fight through," she says. Casey Chang hide caption

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Jonathan Baird and his wife, Nichole, say they've had to decide between making their car payment and buying food since she lost her job in the pandemic. His mortgage and auto lenders told him he didn't qualify for help. Nichole Baird hide caption

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Millions Of Americans Skip Payments As Tidal Wave Of Defaults And Evictions Looms

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The pandemic and its economic fallout have made it harder for those who experience domestic violence to escape their abuser, say crisis teams, but the National Domestic Violence Hotline is one place to get quick help. Text LOVEIS to 1-866-331-9474 if speaking by phone feels too risky. Roos Koole/Getty Images hide caption

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Domestic Abuse Can Escalate In Pandemic And Continue Even If You Get Away

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