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Obamacare Open Enrollment Starts Nov 1. Here’s What’s Changing This Year : Shots

Open enrollment is about to start for those buying private insurance off state or federal exchanges.

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Open enrollment is about to start for those buying private insurance off state or federal exchanges.

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Facing a pandemic, record unemployment and unknown future costs for COVID-19 treatments, health insurers selling Affordable Care Act plans to individuals reacted by lowering rates in some areas and, overall, issuing only modest premium increases for 2021.

“What’s been fascinating is that carriers in general are not projecting much impact from the pandemic for their 2021 premium rates,” said Sabrina Corlette, a research professor at the Center on Health Insurance Reforms at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Although final rates have yet to be analyzed in all states, those who study the market say the premium increases they have seen to date will be in

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A political ad-maker’s journey into what’s wrong and right with health care

Today, two surgeons will operate on a tumor just millimeters away from the brain I use to feed my family. The path to this has made much of what I do as a political ad-maker real and relevant — and convinced me of the changes we do and do not need in American health care.

My story is a testament to the amazing healing power the American free market can unleash, at warp speed — ribboned with cautionary evidence about the compelling need for more patient advocacy in a system that’s become too much of an oligopoly.

On Aug. 16, I realized I needed to see an otolaryngologist (ENT) for recurring sinus problems. I did some internet research, found an ENT, and got a referral and an appointment via computer app within 48 hours. My ENT was diligent, prudent and expeditious; I got a CT scan on the same day

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GTA Online Update Offers Extra Rewards and Free Loot, Here’s What’s New

Another weekly Grand Theft Auto Online update has been announced with this latest one offering more of the expected bonus rewards as well as some free cosmetics that are only attainable for a while. Certain game modes and activities will dish out extra winnings, players stand the chance at winning an expensive car from the casino, and you can buy a bunch of stuff you’ve been eyeing for far less than the items would normally cost. Those deals are only available for a limited time, though they’ll be replaced soon with more offers.

Just as it does every week, GTA Online is offering extra rewards to entice players to try certain missions and modes. This week, the Special Vehicle Work and Business Battles are what you’ll want to focus on to get the most money you can. You’ll earn twice the GTA$ from completing them as well as twice the

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Chrissy Teigen’s One-Skillet Orange Chicken Is Our New Answer to ‘What’s for Dinner?’

“What are we having for dinner?” is the Groundhog Day question I rarely have a ready answer for. You’d think I’d be prepared, since I get it nightly, but too often, the answer is “I don’t know” or “takeout.” Well, Chrissy Teigen — the currently-on-bed-rest, pregnant-with-a-baby-boy, all-around busy mama — has me covered with one of the latest creations from her Cravings website. Teigen shared her One-Skillet Orange Chicken recipe, and it’s a bright, citrusy, maple-y, sweet-and-spicy dinner that takes just 30 minutes to get on the table. And did we mention one pan?

Teigen posted the chicken recipe to her personal Instagram account, writing, “One pan maple-glazed orange chicken! I kept trying to adjust the color on this because I didn’t think you guys would believe it is this bright and beautiful of a dish, but it is!! Serve with some white or brown rice to soak up all

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Who’s hosting? What’s going to win? Will this be a disaster? All your burning questions about this year’s socially-distant Emmys answered

Executive producers Ian Stewart and Reginald Hudlin are overseeing the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards. (Photo: ABC/Todd Wawrychuk)
Executive producers Ian Stewart and Reginald Hudlin are overseeing the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards. (Photo: ABC/Todd Wawrychuk)

Between coronavirus-caused production delays and a glut of new streaming platforms, the future of television is rife with uncertainty right now. But here’s one thing we do know for sure: The (awards) show will go on. The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards are scheduled to be handed out on Sept. 20, honoring pre-pandemic series like The Crown, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Schitt’s Creek, Succession and Watchmen.

But don’t expect to see the stars of all those shows in the same room. This year’s ceremony will be entirely remote, with the eventual winners accepting their statues from their homes. An all-virtual Emmys is a first for television, and you can bet that other awards shows — including the Golden Globes, the Grammys and the Oscars — will be watching closely should

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What’s on Trump’s Sacramento agenda + Flavor tobacco ban referendum + New Prop. 15 poll

Good morning and happy Monday! Let’s get right into the news.

TRUMP TO SACRAMENTO

Fresh off a weekend of campaigning in Nevada, President Donald Trump is scheduled to touch down in Sacramento today for a briefing on West Coast wildfires.

He’s expected to meet with Gov. Gavin Newsom at McClellan Park, the business park and former Air Force Base that now houses California’s Office of Emergency Services and hangars for Cal Fire aircraft.

Trump is also hosting a round table, and at least one of the reported experts has a law enforcement background. That’s Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, a Republican who has met with Trump on past visits to California.

Trump likely will be greeted by some protesters. The Democratic Party of Sacramento County on Sunday put word out that it’s organizing a rally outside McClellan Park this morning.

Over the weekend, Trump’s allies took swings at

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Copart (CPRT) to Report Q4 Earnings: What’s in the Cards?

In the last reported quarter, the Texas-based online vehicle auctioning company reported weaker-than-expected returns amid coronavirus woes. The top and bottom lines also deteriorated from the year-ago levels.

The company — which is the eBay EBAY of auto auctions — outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate in three of the last four quarters and missed once, with the average surprise being 1.5%. This is depicted in the graph below:

Copart, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise

Copart,

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College student stunned by ‘insane’ celebrity sighting in his online class: ‘What’s he doing there?’

This might be what celebrity sightings look like in 2020.

University of Kentucky student Dylan Smith was totally caught off guard during his first Zoom class of the year. The reason? He was sharing a virtual class space with a famous athlete.

Smith shared his discovery on TikTok. In the clip, he reveals that he’s classmates with All-Star NBA point guard John Wall.

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Wall, who is currently with the Washington Wizards, played college ball at Kentucky. He’s reportedly finishing his degree online while recovering from a major Achilles injury.

Whether Smith knew that or not, he certainly seemed impressed by the celebrity sighting.

“You’ll never guess who’s in my class,” he wrote in his video.

In the clip, Wall looks just like any other student trying their best to pay attention. He’s seemingly sitting in a bed —

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College stunned stunned by ‘insane’ celebrity sighting in his online class: ‘What’s he doing there?’

This might be what celebrity sightings look like in 2020.

University of Kentucky student Dylan Smith was totally caught off guard during his first Zoom class of the year. The reason? He was sharing a virtual class space with a famous athlete.

Smith shared his discovery on TikTok. In the clip, he reveals that he’s classmates with All-Star NBA point guard John Wall.

READ MORE: Thousands of Amazon reviews rave about these reliable cleaning products

Wall, who is currently with the Washington Wizards, played college ball at Kentucky. He’s reportedly finishing his degree online while recovering from a major Achilles injury.

Whether Smith knew that or not, he certainly seemed impressed by the celebrity sighting.

“You’ll never guess who’s in my class,” he wrote in his video.

In the clip, Wall looks just like any other student trying their best to pay attention. He’s seemingly sitting in a bed —

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What’s changed, what does it mean and where can you travel?

Off limits: Croatia has now been deemed a high-risk destination for British travellers: Simon Calder
Off limits: Croatia has now been deemed a high-risk destination for British travellers: Simon Calder

In the latest quarantine shuffle, “no-go” status has been lifted from Portugal after more than five months. But British travellers in Croatia, Austria and Trinidad & Tobago will need to self-isolate at home for two weeks if they arrive after 4am on Saturday 22 August.

These are the key questions and answers.

What has changed?

From 8 June until 9 July, the UK government imposed blanket quarantine for arriving travellers from any country on earth apart from Ireland. Self-isolation at home is an arduous undertaking, and the closest most of us will come to house arrest.

From 10 June, dozens of countries and territories were awarded “air corridor” status and placed on the exempt list – meaning travellers need not self-isolate on arrival.

But in response to rising rates of infection in some of those

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