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Sep 23, 2013

Benefit firms create tremors for insurers in U.S. healthcare shakeup

NEW YORK, Sept 23 (Reuters) – American companies are sending
shockwaves through the healthcare industry by moving a rapidly
growing number of employees onto privately run online exchanges
for their medical coverage.

In a business already bracing for major change because of
President Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms, the decisions are
threatening to shift more power in the market to the benefit
consulting firms opening many of the exchanges.

Sep 21, 2013

Even in a U.S. government shutdown, Obamacare exchanges could function

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. State officials behind the launch of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform on October 1 say they could weather a federal government shutdown, though the scenario would add new pressure to the political attacks and technical issues that have weighed on the program’s introduction.

Several officials running new state-based insurance exchanges that are due to open for enrollment next month said they expected to have access to funds in the case of a shutdown, which if it happens, would also start on October 1, the beginning of the fiscal year.

Sep 20, 2013

Analysis: Benefit firms create tremors for insurers in U.S. healthcare shakeup

NEW YORK (Reuters) – American companies are sending shockwaves through the healthcare industry by moving a rapidly growing number of employees onto privately run online exchanges for their medical coverage.

In a business already bracing for major change because of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms, the decisions are threatening to shift more power in the market to the benefit consulting firms opening many of the exchanges.

Sep 16, 2013

Investors see 4 million signing up for Obamacare in 2014 -survey

Sept 16 (Reuters) – Investors expect 4 million Americans to
initially enroll in the state insurance marketplaces created
under President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, according to
a survey released on Monday, as concerns mount that technical
glitches could present obstacles to enrollment.

The expectations of the investors – hedge funds,
institutional clients and other investors surveyed by Citigroup,
56 in total – fall far short of a Congressional Budget Office
forecast that 7 million Americans will seek subsidized health
coverage through the online exchanges. Starting on Oct. 1,
Americans have six months to enroll for coverage in 2014.

Sep 12, 2013

Firms won’t be fined for not telling workers about Obamacare

Sept 12 (Reuters) – Employers will not face a penalty if
they fail to inform their workers by Oct 1 about changes under
President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, the administration
said, in what will likely come as a relief to many small
businesses.

The federal government is requiring businesses to notify
employees about the new health insurance marketplaces created by
the law that are set to start enrolling millions of Americans
beginning Oct 1.

Sep 9, 2013

Analysis: Hospital investors wary of slow rampup for Obamacare

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Investors in U.S. hospital companies are counting on the Obama administration to pull off its national healthcare reform for 2014 to drive earnings growth, but a series of delays to the program has some questioning how strong the launch will be at its start.

The stakes are particularly high for hospital operators, whose financial performance has been weighed down by poor and uninsured patients being unable to pay their bills. The healthcare law aims to expand health coverage to millions more Americans, who will be able to sign up beginning on October 1.

Sep 9, 2013

Hospital investors wary of slow rampup for Obamacare

NEW YORK, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Investors in U.S. hospital
companies are counting on the Obama administration to pull off
its national healthcare reform for 2014 to drive earnings
growth, but a series of delays to the program has some
questioning how strong the launch will be at its start.

The stakes are particularly high for hospital operators,
whose financial performance has been weighed down by poor and
uninsured patients being unable to pay their bills. The
healthcare law aims to expand health coverage to millions more
Americans, who will be able to sign up beginning on Oct. 1.

Aug 23, 2013

Demands to alter Obamacare persist even as launch nears

NEW YORK (Reuters) – As the clock ticks down to the launch of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform, hundreds of businesses, unions and advocacy groups are still pushing to win concessions on the far-reaching law.

Restaurants want to increase the number of hours that define a full-time worker. Unionized electrical workers are seeking to change the treatment of health plans offered by multiple employers. Medical device companies hope to end a tax against them even though they are already paying that tax.

Aug 22, 2013

California mulls Obamacare exchange backup plan

Aug 22 (Reuters) – California said on Thursday it would
consider a soft launch of its Obamacare online health insurance
exchange if tests of the new system next month show it isn’t
ready to accommodate wide public access.

If the system is not ready, the exchange would at first use
an “aided enrollment” in which counselors help California
residents sign up over the phone or in person.

Aug 6, 2013

Emerson to sell embedded computing unit as charge hits profit

By Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – Emerson Electric Co (EMR.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) reported a 75 percent drop in quarterly earnings on Tuesday, hurt by an impairment charge for its embedded computing and power business, and said it was selling a majority stake in the unit for about $300 million.

Profit and sales missed Wall Street targets. The diversified U.S. manufacturer of industrial controls, power supplies and home-storage equipment said earnings were trending toward the low end of its forecast, which it had cut in May.

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