S&P's Legal Woes Aren't Over Yet

 :: Posted by admin on 01-26-2015

S&P's Legal Woes Aren't Over Yet
Last week, the company paid nearly $ 80 million to settle charges by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and state regulators that it misled investors by issuing inflated ratings, but its legal woes are far from over. S&P faces a $ 5 billion suit …
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Plan to cut PATH overnight service off the table
A proposal to cut overnight PATH train service on weekends is no longer under consideration. The chairman of the Port Authority wrote in a letter to two New Jersey state lawmakers, released Wednesday, that the proposal would be tabled indefinitely.
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REUTERS AMERICA NEWS PLAN FOR THURSDAY JAN 22
SANAA – Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, an ally of the United States, resigned on Thursday, a government source said, throwing the country deeper into chaos days after Houthi rebels battled their way into his presidential palace. (YEMEN …
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On the picket line

 :: Posted by admin on 01-25-2015

On the picket line
VW's plan is remarkably similar to the program that the Tennessee public schools initiated after the state's 2011 Republican super-majority voted to strip the Tennessee Education Association of collective bargaining rights. In both programs, workers …
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New Campaign Seeks to Sharply Reduce Youth Incarceration
States including Alabama, California, New York, Ohio and Texas along with the District of Columbia have begun shutting down juvenile facilities and reallocating funds for community-based programs. There's also increasing bipartisan support in the …
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Analysis Shows Wide Variance in ACA Premiums From 2014 to 2015
For example, PreferredOne, an insurer in Minnesota, increased rates by about 63% in 2015 and will no longer offer plans on the state exchange. In Colorado, co-op insurer Colorado HealthOP, lowered premiums by about 40% for many of its plans as part of …
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Texas Health Insurance Exchange Update – Health Plan Rates

 :: Posted by admin on 01-25-2015

Texas Health Insurance Exchange Update – Health Plan Rates
This article provides a summary of the 2014 individual health insurance plan rates and carriers for the Texas Health Insurance Exchange. Texas Health Insurance Exchange Rates. The Health Insurance Exchanges ("Marketplaces") are new websites where …
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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Expands Access to Health Insurance
RICHARDSON, Texas, Nov. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas today announced the launch of Blue DirectionsSM for Small Business, a private exchange solution for companies with 1 – 50 employees. Blue DirectionsSM for Small …
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Texas Cities Find Loophole in Health Insurance Exchange Training Rule
The Houston Health Department likely won't have to pay for additional training for most of the “navigators” who are helping city residents enroll in the new federal health insurance marketplace. All it needs to do is tweak their title. Texas, along …
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Audit: Colorado health exchange needs more financial oversight

 :: Posted by admin on 01-23-2015

Audit: Colorado health exchange needs more financial oversight
In a statement, Drews said the exchange leadership and staff "take their stewardship of public dollars very seriously and agree with the guidance from the State Auditor's Office." Connect for Health was created to provide health insurance options as …
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Envision Healthcare Holdings, Inc. Announces Acquisition of VISTA Staffing
Envision Healthcare Holdings, Inc., and its more than 34,000 employees and affiliated clinicians, offers an array of healthcare related services to consumers, hospitals, healthcare systems, health plans and local, state and national government entities …
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Chatham Lodging Trust Announces the Exercise of the Underwriter's Option to

 :: Posted by admin on 01-23-2015

Chatham Lodging Trust Announces the Exercise of the Underwriter's Option to
… 2015, subject to customary closing conditions. Barclays acted as sole book-running manager for the offering. The Company will contribute the net proceeds of the offering to its operating partnership in exchange for common units of limited …
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Obamacare adds new challenges to tax season
If you got healthcare through an exchange, you'll get a 1095A form, which will take more work and information. If you didn't … You can go to the downtown Milwaukee campus (Student Center located at 700 W. State Street) Tuesdays and Saturdays from Jan.
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More Super-Supergrads
… worked in the U. S. Security and Exchange Commission; Bill Cartwright (1975), star basketball player and coach; Scott Boras (1970), sports management businessman/entrepreneur; State, Dr. Ramin Manshadi (1982), highly regarded heart surgeon; Deborah …
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Republican legislators join lawsuit attacking exchange subsidies

 :: Posted by admin on 01-23-2015

Republican legislators join lawsuit attacking exchange subsidies
Burwell lawsuit is language in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act stating that subsidies will be made available through “an exchange established by the state.” The plaintiffs have argued that this prohibits Americans in the 34 states that …
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Uninsured Rate in Vermont Plummets
State uninsured rates ranged from 3.7 percent in Massachusetts to 22.1 percent in Texas. The reduction in Vermont's uninsured population was a rare bit of good news for officials overseeing efforts to reform the state's health care system. In recent …
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Economist: Give would-be multi-state plans a discount
Neil Meredith says federal regulators should do more to help small carriers enter the new Multi-State Plan (MSP) market if they really want it to make the health insurance market more competitive. Meredith, an economist at West Texas A&M University …
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SOTU Preview: Obama aims at legacy Wall Street pans Obama plans Fed on

 :: Posted by admin on 01-22-2015

SOTU Preview: Obama aims at legacy Wall Street pans Obama plans Fed on
GOOD TUESDAY MORNING — M.M. is on CNBC's “Worldwide Exchange” at 5:30 a.m. to preview the State of the Union. Tune in! Or look for a clip on Twitter. DRIVING THE DAY — President …. STATE TREASURERS PUSH ON MUNI BOND TAX STATUS — Tennessee State …
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Bill Frist supports Haslam's Insure Tennessee plan
In addition to filling this much needed coverage gap, Insure Tennessee also offers a unique, state-centered market-based approach that addresses both consumer-patient and provider responsibility for bourgeoning healthcare costs. First, Insure Tennessee …
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Fair board gearing up for state convention
PUTNAM COUNTY — The county fair board is gearing up for its visit to the Tennessee Association of Fairs Convention next week, hoping to bring back inspiration and knowledge to help put on an even better fair this year. “It gives us a chance to …
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State doesn't have to pay more for pensions but workers do, lawyer says

 :: Posted by admin on 01-22-2015

State doesn't have to pay more for pensions but workers do, lawyer says
TRENTON — New Jersey's highly touted 2011 pension law is unconstitutional when it commits Gov. Chris Christie to make a full payment into the troubled pension system, but not when it comes to the concessions public workers agreed to in exchange, …
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Court: Former Newark mayor violated campaign laws
Sharpe James, the former mayor of Newark and New Jersey state senator, violated campaign-finance laws when he used tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to pay legal fees in response to a 2006-07 federal criminal investigation, a state …
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Financial aid: 6 tips education officials say parents and students need to know
"Some parents are not aware of the deadlines," said Gabrielle Charette, an executive director for New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA). "Different schools often have different deadlines, and the state may have different …
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Nearly 100K Alabamians enrolled on ACA exchange

 :: Posted by admin on 01-22-2015

Nearly 100K Alabamians enrolled on ACA exchange
28. A total of 97,870 Alabama residents enrolled in the marketplace when the final bell tolled for the first enrollment period. Gene Ramsay, president of the Birmingham Association of Health Underwriters, says that the increase during the second half …
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Got help paying for health care? Watch your mailbox

 :: Posted by admin on 01-22-2015

Got help paying for health care? Watch your mailbox
Called 1095-A, the forms come filled out with information from HealthCare.gov or your state's insurance exchange. They list who in each household got subsidized coverage, and how much the government paid each month to help with premiums. You don't …
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Uber Won't Run Under the Radar if New Bill Passes in Maine
Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said Friday his office has submitted legislation that would require ride-share drivers to register with the state and to prove that they have a valid driver's license and insurance. by Steve Mistler, Portland Press …
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