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40-Year-Olds, How Are You Doing?

We’d like to hear about how the U.S. economy is treating you.

By The New York Times Opinion

March 31, 2020

Are you better off than your parents? Research suggests that many Americans born in 1980 have had a harder time jumping up the economic ladder than the generation before.

The year 1980 also marked a rough turning point in the United States, where income, wealth, job security and economic opportunity began to diverge sharply for the most and least affluent Americans. That means that this current public health and economic crisis is catching them with varied levels of resources to draw on.

We’re working on an article about the financial situations of people born in 1980 as we enter a recession. If you’re turning 40 this year, please tell us what effect the economy has had on you.

Born in 1980? We want to hear from you

How have your financial and professional opportunities compared to those of your parents? How have your expectations about your job security and compensation compared with reality?*


Analysis: He Got Tested For Coronavirus. Then Came The Flood Of Medical Bills.

By Elisabeth Rosenthal and Emmarie Huetteman

April 1, 2020

By March 5, Andrew Cencini, a computer science professor at Vermont’s Bennington College, had been having bouts of fever, malaise and a bit of difficulty breathing for a couple of weeks. Just before falling ill, he had traveled to New York City, helped with computers at a local prison and gone out on multiple calls as a volunteer firefighter.

So with COVID-19 cases rising across the country, he called his doctor for direction. He was advised to come to the doctor’s group practice, where staff took swabs for flu and other viruses as he sat in his truck. The results came back negative.

By March 9, he reported to his doctor that he was feeling better but still had some cough and a low-grade fever. Within minutes, he got a call from the heads of a hospital emergency room and infectious-disease department where he lives in upstate New York: He should come right away to the ER for newly available coronavirus testing. Though they offered to send an ambulance, he felt fine and drove the hourlong trip.

In an isolation room, the doctors put him on an IV drip, did a chest X-ray and took the swabs.

Now back at work remotely, he faces a mounting array of bills. His patient responsibility, according to his insurer, is close to $2,000, and he fears there may be more bills to come.

“I was under the assumption that all that would be covered,” said Cencini, who makes $54,000 a year. “I could have chosen not to do all this, and put countless others at risk. But I was trying to do the right thing.”


Medicare for ALL 2020

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