This Monday marks another big deadline under the Affordable Care Act. That's the last day that people can sign up for insurance through the online marketplace and have their coverage begin on January 1.
The rules, originally released in January, are aimed at preventing outbreaks of foodborne illness and at improving food safety in the produce industry. The FDA said it plans to revise the rules and issue another draft of them this summer.
Aaron Swaney helps Jeannie Wyble with her application for insurance through the online health marketplace at Family Health Center on Dec. 5, 2013. Wyble's application was stuck in "in progress" limbo for weeks.
On an afternoon in early December, 60-year-old Columbia resident Jeannie Wyble sits in a small cubicle at Columbia’s Family Health Center, telling Aaron Swaney, a HealthCare.gov application counselor, about the heart attack she suffered in 2002.
“I quit smoking when I had my heart attack,” Wyble said. “Smoked my last cigarette on the way to the ER, never smoked another one.”
At the time, Wyble was still insured through her husband’s union plan. But after the heart attack, the insurance company began increasing her monthly premium. Wyble says at one point, she had to pay almost $500 a month.
“And then when we found out they were going to jump even more again the following January,” Wyble said. “It was very clear to us that we couldn’t pay my premiums anymore and that mine would just have to be dropped. In effect, [the insurance company] decided to get rid of me, and it worked. They did. They got rid of me.”
Loretta Moss, 62, helps stack boxes to take into the post office in Vandalia, Mo., Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Moss worked for the post office as a city carrier for nearly 22 years. She was required to retire from the postal service in September due to her prognosis of stage 4-breast cancer.
Regulators released a broad plan earlier this month, designed to prevent meat producers from using drugs that are also used to treat sick humans. That means some changes Midwest farmers and ranchers will have to get used to.
If it seems like Congress just can’t get the farm bill done, well… that’s because it can’t.
All year long, Washington lawmakers have been saying they want to pass a full five-year farm bill. But even though leaders of the House-Senate conference committee say they are close, they have acknowledged it just won’t get done this year. They’re pushing it off until January.
November 15 is a big day for Brazil. It’s celebrated as the Proclamation of the Republic, when Brazilian army officers overthrew Emperor Dom Pedro and the monarchy came to an end. So it seems fitting that on Nov. 15 this year, on Brazil’s independence day, the country’s biggest corruption case came to an end.