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ACA News: Aetna Inc (AET) to Leave Obamacare Exchange in 2018

Apr 7, 2017, 6:19 pm EDT

Aetna Inc (NYSE:AET) announced that it will be leaving the Obamacare exchanges in Iowa in 2018.

The health insurance provider has been offering the Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans on Delaware, Iowa, Nebraska and Virginia as of 2017. However, it will no longer offer the service in Iowa next year.

The move comes following the announcement of “Trumpcare,” which is the plan announced by the White House that did not receive as much support by Republicans as the White House would’ve hoped. Read 

U.S. Senate Rules: What Is the ‘Nuclear Option’ in Politics?

Apr 6, 2017, 5:33 pm EDT

What is the nuclear option?

Senate Republicans have changed one of the key components of how it operates with the purpose of passing the confirmation of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court.

The move is a departure from the bipartisanship that existed when it came to Supreme Court matters, as Gorsuch’s confirmation comes from nothing more than a majority vote, which is the nuclear option in this particular case. Read 

Revised H1B Visa Rules to Hit Computer Programmers

Apr 4, 2017, 5:30 pm EDT

New H1B visa rules will have a negative effect on computer programmers seeking to move to the U.S. from abroad.

The new law is part of a broader move by the new administration that seeks to only offer work visas in the U.S. for highly-skilled people of a profession that is in need of workers of the highest caliber.

Many computer programmers who are outsourced in order to do work in the U.S. are lower-level computer programmers who get paid less than their American counterparts. Read 

9/11 Photos: FBI Releases New Images of the September 11 Attacks

Mar 31, 2017, 2:46 pm EDT

The FBI has released new images of the September 11 attacks that have not been available to the public until now.

The 9/11 terrorist attack still feel like yesterday even though they happened more than 15 years ago now, claiming at least 184 lives in 2001. The FBI has now unveiled 27 new photos that captured the chaos that ensued after the plane attacks that knocked down both World Trade Center (WTC) buildings.

Some of the contents revealed in these images include close-up images of the building’s exterior, overhead images of the attack, moments frozen in time of the first responders rushing to the scene. Read 

Anthem Inc (ANTM) May Exit Many Obamacare Markets in 2018

Mar 31, 2017, 1:42 pm EDT

Anthem Inc (NYSE:ANTM) may be planning to leave Obamacare markets in 2018.

A recent report from Jefferies claims that Anthem Inc may stop offering individual insurance plans next year. It is possible that the company will announce its decision mid way through 2017. This would allow it time to collect information about how the plans are performing.

Anthem Inc leaving Obamacare markets could cause major disruption. It would leave many people in four states without an Obamacare insurer. A large group of people in eight other states would also only have one Obamacare insurer to turn to if ANTM exits the markets. Read 

HB2 News: NC Repeals Controversial ‘Bathroom Bill’

Mar 31, 2017, 12:44 pm EDT

North Carolina’s HB2 repeal took place on Thursday.

The HB2 repeal saw the new bill pass through the Senate with 32 voting for and 16 voting against it. It then went to the House of Representatives, where it passed with 70 votes for and 48 against.

Despite the new law causing the HB2 repeal, it hasn’t ended the bathroom bill controversy completely. The new law makes it so that only state legislators can decide on bathroom laws. The previous bill plainly made it so that people had to used the bathrooms that match their sex at birth. Read 

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