- AARP Applauds Senate Passage Of Key Health Insurance Bill, Urges House To Follow - May 23 2013 12:21
House Bill 3227 Will Help over 1 Million Illinoisans Have Access to Healthcare PlansSPRINGFIELD, Ill., May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thousands of Illinois citizens do not have access to basic health and dental care even when employed. But today's State Senate passage of a key legislative measure means critical help is on the way through the establishment of the state's first Health Insurance Marketplace. House Bill 3227 today passed the Senate by a vote of 39-19 and is on its way to the State House. AARP is urging State Representatives to vote Yes on this urgently-needed legislation. ...
- L.A. Care Selected For Participation In California's Health Benefit Exchange - May 23 2013 10:13
LOS ANGELES, May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- L.A. Care Health Plan, the largest publicly operated health plan in the country, is pleased to announce its selection as a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) by Covered California, the state's health benefit exchange.Established by the passage of federal health care reform, Covered California is creating a new insurance marketplace that will provide individuals and small business throughout the state with greater access to and choices in health coverage. ...
- Consumers Union Praises Covered California's Release of Plans and Proposed Rates as Important Milestone for Implementing the Affordable Care Act - May 23 2013 09:55
SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Covered California, the new statewide marketplace for private health insurance, announced today the health plans that have been chosen to participate, along with their proposed rates. The announcement is an important milestone in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, according to Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports. "Cost is crucial for consumers trying to decide on a health plan that is right for them," said Betsy Imholz, Special Projects Director for Consumers Union. ...
- TMA Launches Physician Services Organization for Patient Care - May 23 2013 08:34
AUSTIN, Texas, May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Texas' premier physician associations today announced the establishment of an organization to deliver doctors the survival tools they need to provide demonstrably better and more efficient patient care and compete in today's health care marketplace."I am confident the Physician Services Organization for Patient Care will save local practices," said Stephen L. Brotherton, MD, president of the Texas Medical Association (TMA). "Texas doctors are determined to make health care better and more affordable for Texans. ...
- Afghanistan: Suicide bomb kills anti-Taliban elder - May 22 2013 09:08
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber on foot killed an anti-Taliban village elder and at least three other people in a busy marketplace Wednesday in central Afghanistan, the latest in a wave of assassinations and bombings.
- NM changing its plans for health exchange - May 21 2013 07:38
New Mexico is switching gears on its plan for a health insurance exchange and initially will partner with the federal government for computer services needed for an online insurance marketplace. The state ...
- 3 companies to offer insurance in MT marketplace - May 20 2013 12:27
Three health insurance companies plan to sell health insurance through the federal insurance marketplace in Montana. Montana Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen says Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, ...
- Confused By Health Care Marketplaces? Help Is Coming - May 17 2013 12:43
Under the Affordable Care Act, people and small businesses will be able to purchase insurance through a Marketplace.
- Apple’s App Store surpasses 50 billion downloads - May 15 2013 14:15
The countdown on Apple’s website stopped late Wednesday indicating that the company’s App Store has surpassed 50 billion downloads. The milestone comes just 14 months after Apple announced 25 billion apps had been downloaded from its popular marketplace. Apple launched the App Store in July 2008 and downloads have increased steadily over the past five years. The company’s first milestone came in January 2011 when the store surpassed 10 billion downloads, followed by 25 billion last March. Apple will reward the individual who downloaded the 50 billionth application with a $10,000 App Store gift card and 50 runners-up will each receive a $500 card.
- Analysis: For all the debt, there's a shortage of bonds - May 14 2013 22:58
By Mike Dolan LONDON (Reuters) - Debt may be everywhere but there's a scarcity of bonds. With governments awash with debt and furiously selling new securities to fund bloated budget deficits, the idea of a bond shortage on the marketplace may sound puzzling. Yet not only is "quantitative easing" by the world's major central banks sucking benchmark bonds out of the system, new regulations to strengthen banks and derivatives markets that effectively ring-fence bond holdings at commercial banks has raised concerns about a lack of bonds to lubricate the system. ...
- Nokia marketing boss admits missing apps on Windows Phone is a big problem - May 14 2013 13:55
The Windows Phone platform is in serious need of high-quality applications. Microsoft recently announced that its Windows Phone app store is home to nearly 150,000 applications, however the operating system is still lacking fan favorites such as Instagram, Dropbox and HBO GO. Windows Phone devices released by Nokia and HTC have been well received by critics, but most reviews share one common complaint — not enough good apps. Vesa Jutila, Nokia’s global head of smartphone marketing, admitted in an interview with Engadget that “the biggest complaint is that customers are missing the apps they want.” The executive noted that there were some significant gaps in the marketplace, although he claims Nokia is “addressing this very strongly” with help from Microsoft.
- Microsoft reveals only 145,000 apps in Windows Phone Store - May 10 2013 15:15
The lack of applications on the Windows Phone platform is a serious problem Microsoft must fix if it wants to be a viable alternative to Android and the iPhone. The company on Friday revealed that the Windows Phone Store is now home to 145,000 apps and games, significantly less than Google and Apple’s offerings, and only slightly more than BlackBerry. It appears that developer interest for Microsoft’s mobile platform has slowed as well. Last June, the Windows Phone Store saw tremendous growth, doubling the number of apps in a six-month period to total 100,000. In the past 11 months, however, less than 45,000 new applications were added to the marketplace.
- New Mexico exchange subject to sunshine laws - May 10 2013 07:43
New Mexico's open government laws will apply to a state-run health insurance exchange that will serve as a marketplace for the uninsured to buy medical coverage. Legislation enacted this year makes clear ...
- Nev. group hails US Senate passage of Internet tax - May 7 2013 07:18
The Retail Association of Nevada is hailing U.S. Senate passage of a bill that would allow states to collect tax on Internet sales. The Senate on Monday approved the Marketplace Fairness Act on a vote ...
- Internet Sales Tax Passes in the Senate But That Was the Easy Part - May 6 2013 17:50
A battle royale is brewing on Capitol Hill after a bipartisan coalition in the Senate handily passed the Marketplace Fairness Act, the controversial bill that would impose a sales tax on Internet purchases.