Jun 26, 2019

Iraq War veteran who saved squad awarded Medal of Honor by Trump

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Former Army Staff Sgt. David G. Bellavia became the first living Iraq War veteran to be presented with the Medal of Honor when President Trump gave him the award Tuesday for rescuing an entire squad.

Details: Bellavia's actions in Fallujah in 2004 "demonstrated exceptional courage to protect his men and defend our nation" during "the bloodiest battle of the Iraq War," the president said at the White House ceremony.

The big picture: The White House said in a statement Bellavia entered a house where his squad was trapped to provide cover to help them escape before re-entering the building to assault insurgents "who were firing rocket-propelled grenades."

"That remarkable day, then-Staff Sergent Bellavia rescued an entire squad, cleared an insurgent strongpoint, and saved many members of his platoon from imminent threat."
— White House statement

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Government will cover uninsured patients' coronavirus treatment

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The federal government will cover the costs of coronavirus treatment for the uninsured, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said at a White House briefing Friday.

How it works: The money will come from a $100 billion pot set aside for the health care industry in the most recent stimulus bill. Providers will be paid the same rates they get for treating Medicare patients, and as a condition of those payments, they won't be allowed to bill patients for care that isn't covered.

More states issue stay-at-home orders as coronavirus crisis escalates

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a stay-at-home order on Friday as the novel coronavirus pandemic persists. The order goes into effect Saturday at 5 p.m. and will remain in place through April 30. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson also issued a statewide social distancing order on Friday.

The big picture: In a matter of weeks, the number of states that issued orders nearly quadrupled, affecting almost 300 million Americans.

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