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WASHINGTON (AP) — Seniors are at greater risk from COVID-19, and they now face added anxiety due to delays obtaining Medicare coverage. Advocates for older people say the main problem involves certain applications for Medicare’s “Part B” coverage for outpatient care. The delays stem from the closure of local Social Security offices to protect workers and the public in the pandemic. Eligibility determinations for Medicare are handled by Social Security. But Part B coverage requires added documentation. Social Security says it has set up a dedicated fax number for the forms. One of the reasons Part B is important is that it pays for coronavirus tests.

 

BEIJING (AP) — China is taking another step toward returning to business as normal by scheduling its most important political meeting of the year in late May. The National People’s Congress was supposed to convene in March but was called off as the coronavirus sickened thousands of people, filling hospitals and disrupting daily life in the country where the pandemic began. The congress meeting will start on May 22, and an advisory body will convene a day earlier. It isn’t immediately clear whether the 3,000 or so delegates will come to Beijing as usual or if the meeting will be held through videoconferencing.

 

Hillary Clinton has endorsed Joe Biden’s presidential candidacy. Her backing on Tuesday continues Democrats’ unification efforts ahead of a fall campaign against President Donald Trump. Clinton announced her support in a virtual town hall with Biden on Tuesday. As the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, Clinton made history by becoming the first woman to lead a major party’s ticket. Clinton and Biden both ran for the Democratic nomination in 2008 but lost to Barack Obama, who ended up tapping Biden as his vice president and Clinton as his secretary of state.

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden has won Ohio’s presidential primary. Tuesday’s contest was less about the Democratic nomination and more about how states can conduct elections in the era of the coronavirus. The primary was originally scheduled for March 17, but Republican Gov. Mike DeWine cited a “health emergency” and recommended that in-person balloting not be held until June 2. Amid legal challenges, officials pushed balloting to this week while converting to a mail-in process since the state remains under a stay-at-home order. The result was never in doubt after Biden’s last rival, Bernie Sanders, dropped out of the race earlier this month.

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