Apr 18, 2019

DNA testing scams on the rise in low-income, senior-living communities

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State authorities are warning of an alleged scam involving DNA tests that's targeted to low-income and senior-living communities, Bloomberg reports.

How it works: The alleged scammers visit these communities and offer to perform DNA tests. They then collect information from people in government health programs, like Medicare and Medicaid, that can be used to bill the government for unneeded medical care or to commit identify theft.

  • For example, in Kentucky, there have been reports of people showing up in a van and offering to pay Medicaid recipients $20 to take a DNA swab and to get their insurance information.

The backdrop: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced last year that Medicare would cover genetic testing for cancer.

Go deeper: Genetic testing firms share your DNA data more than you think

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Renewable energy industry eyes next coronavirus stimulus bill

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The renewable energy sector is pressing for the "phase 4" coronavirus response bill to provide the aid that was omitted from the recent $2 trillion rescue package — and they might have a wider opening this time around.

Why it matters: Wind and solar developers are warning of project cancelations and layoffs as activity is frozen, supply chains are disrupted, and companies risk missing deadlines to use tax credits.

Americans feel better about their finances after coronavirus stimulus

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Americans have become more optimistic about the state of their finances in the last week, a new survey from Axios and Ipsos shows.

The state of play: While some remain worried, particularly those at the lower end of the economic spectrum, the data shows people are more confident about the security of their jobs and ability to take care of expenses after the passage of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act.