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8/21/2017

Former HHS Secretaries Kathleen Sebelius, Mike Leavitt and Tommy Thompson urged President Donald Trump and Congress to make insurance market stability their immediate priority by dispelling political and legal uncertainties surrounding cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers. Thompson urged Trump to hold a health care summit with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders, followed by intensive legislative work until they reach a compromise.

8/21/2017

Emergency planners are preparing for a variety of potential problems as US residents head to the path of today's full solar eclipse. The event will raise accident risks on packed roads and is expected to strain public safety resources and communications networks.

8/21/2017

Almost 55% of US workers face "unpleasant and potentially hazardous" conditions during their employment, according to a study. Almost 75% said that at least a quarter of their work time is spent on "intense or repetitive physical" labor.

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Insurance Journal
8/21/2017

Victims and families of the 2015 Oklahoma State University homecoming parade crash have received $100,000 from the culprit's personal auto insurance policy. An Oklahoma judge has distributed the award among the more than 50 victims and their medical providers.

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National Public Radio
8/21/2017

Apple has appeared in a Los Angeles court against Julio Ceja, a driver who claims he was injured by a distracted driver who was using an iPhone at the wheel. The suit argues that Apple should have added technology to block use inside a car, although the company has won previous cases by successfully arguing that it is not liable for driver behavior.

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8/21/2017

Thunderstorms brought rain, hail and strong winds to parts of Nebraska and Iowa this weekend, with Lincoln, Neb., badly affected. Residents reported damage caused by fallen trees and branches, while thousands of residents lost power and some streetlights were knocked out.

8/21/2017

The Chetco Bar fire in Oregon has spread to cover 31,000 acres and has burned since mid-July, causing Gov. Kate Brown to declare a conflagration, which will free up further firefighting resources. Hundreds of households have been evacuated close to the blaze, and several other wildfires are also active across the state.

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8/21/2017

Just 2.7% of Montana is safe from current drought conditions, reports the US Drought Monitor, and crop losses are expected to cost hundreds of millions of dollars.
The National Weather Service predicts even more dry weather, threatening the ability to seed winter wheat.

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8/21/2017

People who help consumers sign up for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, as well as those in charge of marketplace exchanges, say they are uncertain how the Trump administration will handle the upcoming signup period. Still unclear are whether grants will be continued, how much the administration will do to promote the law and whether it will enforce any of the law's mandates, they say.

8/21/2017

So far in 2017, 7,350 insurance agents and brokers have registered on HealthCare.gov to sell Affordable Care Act policies for 2018. That number is about 47% of registrations compared to a year ago.

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