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1. Drugmakers Pledge Restraint, But Prices Will Still Soar -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Several big drugmakers are trying to quell the ongoing furor over high drug prices by revealing more information about their pricing and even pledging to keep a lid on increases.

2. Pressure on GOP to Revamp Health Law Grows, Along With Rifts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump declared Monday that "Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated." Yet the opposite has long been painfully obvious for top congressional Republicans, who face mounting pressure to scrap the law even as problems grow longer and knottier.

3. Local Democratic and Republican Partisans Already Looking To 2018 -

U.S. Rep. David Kustoff says former Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey was right in describing his 8th Congressional District as the most Republican of the state’s nine congressional districts.

4. Norris Seeks to Curb Senior Abuse With New Laws -

NASHVILLE – Calling elderly abuse a “silent crisis,” state Sen. Mark Norris is leading a legislative effort to stop physical, mental and financial abuse of vulnerable adults with bills to expand protections and increase penalties.

5. GOP Governors Outline Health Care Plan, Medicaid Changes -

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Republican governors from seven states, including Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, are calling for dramatic changes to Medicaid, which provides insurance to more than 70 million low-income Americans, as they nervously watch President Donald Trump and GOP congressional leaders move to repeal and replace the Obama-era health law.

6. Overestimate Health Care Costs for a Healthier Retirement Budget -

Ray’s Take It’s not news that health care costs are increasing. Whether you’re just in the planning stages or you’ve already left the workforce, estimating your health care needs is a major cost to consider during retirement.

7. Living Well is Best Prescription for Dying Well, Morris Says -

Dr. Scott Morris never shies away from tough topics. His keynote address at the Professional Network on Aging Conference, with its theme, “Aging: The Rhythm of Life,” was no exception.

8. Last Word: Lovell's Aftermath, West Memphis Tourism and Batter Up -

Political turbulence in the state capitol this week centered on one of the newest members of the Shelby County Delegation leaves the politically-minded among us with a lot to take in when you add the Beltway turbulence of the week in D.C.

9. Following Trump Order, IRS Shifts on Health Care Mandate -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The IRS says it's following President Donald Trump's executive order on health care by easing enforcement of the unpopular Obama-era requirement for people to have coverage or risk fines.

10. Insurer Humana Bails on ACA Exchange Business for 2018 -

Health insurer Humana is leaving the Affordable Care Act's public insurance exchanges, including Tennessee's, for next year as it regroups after ending its proposed combination with rival insurer Aetna.

11. Company Announces Pause for Drug After Price Criticism -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Marathon Pharmaceuticals announced Monday that it will temporarily halt the rollout of a drug to treat genetic muscle deterioration just hours after two members of Congress expressed outrage that the company planned to charge $89,000 a year for a drug that's widely available abroad for about $1,000 a year.

12. Aetna, Humana Call Off $34 Billion Deal -

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Major health insurers Aetna and Humana called off their $34 billion combination after a federal judge, citing concerns about prices and benefits, rejected the deal.

13. Union Billboard, Impasse Changes Precede Police Contract Talks -

The union representing Memphis Police officers and the city administration are just about ready to start negotiating a new contract.

The contract talks come with a lot of scenery – notably a new billboard on Poplar Avenue that is the latest in a series from the Memphis Police Association in recent years. But along with the contract negotiations, a proposal to change the city’s impasse procedure is on the horizon as well.

14. 'Obamacare' Sign-Ups Show Slippage in Preliminary Report -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government says about 9.2 million people signed up for coverage this year through HealthCare.gov, the health insurance website serving most states.

15. Dixon Hughes Goodman Expects More Growth in Memphis in 2017 -

During periods of uncertainty and unexpected rule changes, business owners turn to the interpreters of those rules, practical advice givers who can help an enterprise find a clear path forward.

Given the period of regulatory upheaval of recent years – and the almost certainty of more change to come now that a new national administration has come to power – no wonder the Memphis office of accounting firm Dixon Hughes Goodman is on a tear at the moment.

16. Repeal of Health Law Could Mean Women Pay More for Less -

WASHINGTON (AP) – From a return to higher premiums based on gender, to gaps in coverage for birth control and breast pumps, experts say women could end up paying more for less if the Obama-era health care law is repealed.

17. Cost-Containment Strategies for Employers -

After wages, health care is the No. 1 cost for most employers. So, it’s no surprise that health insurance and health care costs have been making headlines for nearly 25 years. Hillarycare was introduced in 1993 and the topic has not moved out of the spotlight since. Current health care spending is over $3.2 trillion per year, which is equal to around 18 percent of our GDP.

18. Full Text of Gov. Bill Haslam's State of the State Address -

Here is the full text of Gov. Bill Haslam's annual State of the State address as prepared for delivery to a joint convention of the Tennessee General Assembly on Monday.

Speaker Harwell, Lieutenant Governor McNally, Speakers Pro Tem Tracy and Johnson, Members of the 110th General Assembly, Justices, Constitutional Officers, General Slatery, Commissioners, Friends, Guests, fellow Tennesseans, and for the seventh year in a row, the woman voted best first lady in the land, Crissy. My kids even made it this year.

19. AP-NORC Poll: Broad Worries About Potential Health Care Loss -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Though "Obamacare" still divides Americans, a majority worry that many will lose coverage if the 2010 law is repealed in the nation's long-running political standoff over health care.

20. New Study: Trump to Inherit $559B Deficit, Stable Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has inherited a stable economy but a government that faces a worsening debt and deficit picture, congressional analysts said Tuesday.

The estimates from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office say the economy will hold relatively steady, with economic growth rising slightly to 2.3 percent this year and unemployment averaging less than 5 percent for the duration of Trump's term. It expects the budget deficit for the current year to register $559 billion, roughly the same as last year's.

21. MEI Survey: Strong Memphis Economy Ahead in ’17 -

The Memphis-area economy across several key sectors – construction, real estate, retail spending, and others – is continuing to improve.

That’s according to the “Beige Book,” the Federal Reserve’s latest survey of economic conditions in the region that includes Memphis , which was released in recent days. It’s a report that each of the regional Fed districts publishes as a survey of their respective territories.

22. GOP Governors Who Turned Down Medicaid Money Have Hands Out -

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Republican governors who turned down billions in federal dollars from an expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law now have their hands out in hopes the GOP-controlled Congress comes up with a new formula to provide insurance for low-income Americans.

23. AP-NORC Poll: Americans of All Stripes Say Fix Health Care -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sylvia Douglas twice voted for President Barack Obama and last year cast a ballot for Democrat Hillary Clinton. But when it comes to "Obamacare," she now sounds like President-elect Donald Trump. This makes her chuckle amid the serious choices she faces every month between groceries, electricity and paying a health insurance bill that has jumped by nearly $400.

24. New Prescription: Doctor Offices That Look Like Apple Stores -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – After a relative suffered a heart attack a few years ago, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Adrian Aoun got an unsettling look at a health-care system that he diagnosed as an inefficient and outdated mess.

25. Last Word: Valero Protest Arrests, Anticipating Trump's Impact & Saving Booksellers -

A busy King holiday weekend that reflects what the week as a whole will probably be like at least politically. The weather is anyone’s guess. A group of about 40 people protested at the entrance to the Valero refinery in South Memphis Monday afternoon and a dozen were arrested by Memphis police.

26. Personalized IRS Letters Nudge Uninsured to Get Coverage -

WASHINGTON (AP) – If you haven't signed up for health insurance, you may soon be getting a not-too-subtle nudge from the taxman.

The IRS is sending personalized letters to millions of taxpayers who might be uninsured, reminding them that they could be on the hook for hundreds of dollars in fines under the federal health care law if they don't sign up soon through HealthCare.gov. It's an unusual role for a revenue-collection agency.

27. Congress Takes First Steps to Dismantle Health Care Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congressional Republicans are taking the first steps toward dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law, facing pressure from President-elect Donald Trump to move quickly on a replacement.

28. Strickland: Core Services Strategy Sustaining Momentum -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said his core services or “brilliant at the basics” strategy is working a year into his four-year term of office. But he told the Memphis Kiwanis Club Wednesday, Jan. 11, that the strategy will take some time and patience toward what he termed a “renaissance.”

29. Obama's Final Jobs Report: Big Pay Gain, Slower Hiring -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans' paychecks rose in December at the fastest pace in more than seven years as steady hiring and low unemployment led some businesses to pay more to attract and keep workers.

30. Fewer Arkansas Adults Not Visiting Doctor Due to Cost -

A report by a private foundation said the percentage of Arkansas adults who went without medical care because of high costs decreased last year.

The Commonwealth Fund's report released last week shows 16 percent of adults in Arkansas went without health care because of the cost in 2015, compared to 18 percent in 2014.

31. 2016 – What Can We Learn From the Big Events? -

Ray’s Take One of the most important disciplines in financial planning is the annual review. A time to look at what worked, what didn’t, what needs adjusting and what we learned. As we look back on 2016, we can learn some financial lessons from the big events of the year.

32. Tennessee Lawmakers Could Raise, Lower Taxes This Session -

The 110th General Assembly is set to convene on Jan. 10 with unfinished business from previous sessions likely to dominate debate.

Here’s a look at some of the hottest topics expected to arise.

33. Arkansas Lawmaker: Modifications Eyed for Medicaid Plan -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The top Republican in Arkansas' Senate says he expects lawmakers to begin modifying the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion even before the future of the federal health law that enabled the expanded insurance program is settled in Washington.

34. Arkansas Adults Not Visiting Doctor Due to Cost Decreases -

A report by a private foundation said the percentage of Arkansas adults who went without medical care because of the cost decreased last year.

The Commonwealth Fund’s report released last week shows 16 percent of adults in Arkansas went without health care because of the cost in 2015, compared to 18 percent in 2014.

35. With Trump's Victory, GOP Hopes to Overhaul Medicaid -

ATLANTA (AP) – When President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January, Republicans will have the opportunity to pull off something they have wanted to do for years – overhaul Medicaid, the program that provides health care to tens of millions of lower-income and disabled Americans.

36. Fixed Costs: Overhead That May Be Costing You Too Much -

Ray’s Take There’s an old cash flow joke about having too much month at the end of the money. It’s usually more a function of spending than earning. For most people there’s a lot more control over the expenditures side of the equation than there is over the income – at least in the short run. So cutting how much you spend on extras sounds great. But how much of your spending can really be reduced or eliminated? Too much “overhead” can result in disaster.

37. Growing Number of Americans are Retiring Outside the US -

Newly widowed, Kay McCowen quit her job, sold her house, applied for Social Security and retired to Mexico. It was a move she and her husband, Mel, had discussed before he passed away in 2012.

"I wanted to find a place where I could afford to live off my Social Security," she said. "The weather here is so perfect, and it's a beautiful place."

38. Great Expectations: Small Businesses Upbeat About 2017 -

NEW YORK (AP) – Donald Trump's election as president has made many small business owners more upbeat about 2017.

Dean Bingham says he's cautiously optimistic because business picked up at his auto repair shop after the election – people who had put off fixing their cars have decided it's time to get them serviced.

39. 'Obamacare' Holding Its Own: 6.4M Signed Up So Far -

WASHINGTON (AP) – "Obamacare" seems to be holding its own. The administration said Wednesday that 6.4 million people have enrolled for subsidized private coverage through HealthCare.gov, ahead of last year's pace.

40. Karen Camper Crosses Aisle to Tackle State’s Most Pressing Issues -

Editor’s note: This is part two of Nashville correspondent Sam Stockard’s feature on Memphis state Rep. Karen Camper. Read part one in the Thursday, Dec. 22, edition of The Daily News or online at memphisdailynews.com.

41. Medicare Outpatients Risk Higher Bills for Some Procedures -

WASHINGTON (AP) – You pay less for outpatient treatment than for a hospital admission, right? Not necessarily in the topsy-turvy world of Medicare billing, according to a government report.

42. After Harsh Light, a Cheaper Version of EpiPen From Mylan -

Mylan is releasing a generic version of its emergency allergy treatment EpiPen at half the price of the branded option, the cost of which drew scorn from parents nationwide and spawned Congressional inquiries.

43. Elvis Presley Among 5 Chosen for Mississippi Hall Of Fame -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The King of Rock 'n' Roll and four others are being named to the Mississippi Hall of Fame.

The board of the state Department of Archives and History met this month and selected the inductees: Evelyn Gandy, the first woman elected lieutenant governor of the state; Dr. James Hardy, who was a transplant surgeon; former state Rep. Aaron Henry, who was a civil-rights activist; rocker Elvis Presley; and Ida B. Wells, a journalist and women's rights advocate.

44. The Week Ahead: December 12-18 -

Good morning, Memphis! The colder, wetter weather is upon us now, but that won’t stop the American Queen. LeBron James and his gang come to town Wednesday. That’s the same day that the long-awaited Ikea store in Memphis opens. Expected to be a regional draw, some may camp out in the weather to be one of the first inside. And we offer congratulations to all of the University of Memphis graduates who will convene at FedExForum Sunday for Fall 2016 commencement ceremonies. 

45. Evolving PILOT Programs in Memphis Look to Restore Competitive Balance -

When the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine approved its Fast Track payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) program earlier this year, it was with the hopes of bringing back a competitive balance between Memphis and North Mississippi.

46. Study: 'Obamacare' Repeal-Only Would Make 30M Uninsured -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Repealing President Barack Obama's health care law without a replacement risks making nearly 30 million people uninsured, according to a study released Wednesday.

Separately, a professional group representing benefit advisers warned congressional leaders of the risk of "significant market disruption" that could cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance.

47. Pfizer Fined for Hiking Epilepsy Drug Price 2,600 Pct in UK -

LONDON (AP) – British regulators fined U.S. drugmaker Pfizer and distributor Flynn Pharma a record 89.4 million pounds ($112.7 million) Wednesday for increasing the cost of an epilepsy drug by as much as 2,600 percent.

48. Arkansas Governor Seeks US Approval for Medicaid Changes -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is meeting with officials in Washington as the state seeks approval for changes to its hybrid Medicaid expansion program.

Arkansas has requested a waiver for its "Arkansas Works" program, also known as the private option. The program uses federal Medicaid money to buy private health insurance for low-income residents and currently covers about 300,000 people.

49. Poll: Only About 1 in 4 Wants Trump to Repeal Health Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Only about 1 in 4 people in the United States wants President-elect Donald Trump to entirely repeal his predecessor's health care law that extended coverage to millions, according to a poll.

50. Memphis Infant Mortality Rate Reaches Record Low -

The infant mortality rate in Memphis has hit a record low, marking an important milestone in the city’s fight to improve a key measure of its overall health.

Shelby County, which includes Memphis, last year saw its lowest rate on record of babies who died before their first birthday, the county health department reported Monday. The 2015 rate of 8.2 out of 1,000 live births represents a drop from 9.6 in 2014, and a significant reduction from 2003, when the rate was nearly 15 baby deaths per 1,000 live births.

51. Harwell Learning How to Dodge Challengers -

Beth Harwell has been called a lot of things over the last few years, “trailblazer” chief among them as Tennessee’s first female House speaker. 

Now she’s a “survivor” after eking out a Republican Caucus victory as speaker nominee to continue leading the lower chamber in the 110th General Assembly.

52. Last Word: Chattanooga's Tragedy, Elvis Presley's Memphis and Chandler Parsons -

A grim Monday in Chattanooga where, as we post this, six school children were killed in a school bus crash and the driver of the bus was charged late Monday with reckless driving and vehicular homicide.

53. Fewer Babies Dying in Memphis, But Rate Still Higher Than US -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The infant mortality rate in Memphis has hit a record low, marking an important milestone in the city's fight to improve a key measure of its overall health.

Shelby County, which includes Memphis, last year saw its lowest rate on record of babies who died before their first birthday, the county health department reported Monday. The 2015 rate of 8.2 out of 1,000 live births represents a drop from 9.6 in 2014, and a significant reduction from 2003, when the rate was nearly 15 baby deaths per 1,000 live births.

54. Demand for Long-Term Care Insurance Expected to Rise -

With the youngest of the country’s 70 million baby boomers now in their 50s and the average life expectancy for Americans having increased to nearly 80 years, the need for long-term illness care either at home or in assisted living facilities is on the rise. Rates for long-term care insurance have spiked in the past several years, making the decision tougher for many considering the coverage.

55. Early Sign-Ups for Health Care Law are Steady, But No Surge -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A little more than 1 million people renewed health coverage or signed up for the first time through HealthCare.gov around the start of open enrollment, which coincided with a GOP election sweep likely to scramble President Barack Obama's signature law.

56. Broke and Broken: Democrats Lose More Ground in State Legislature -

Tennessee House Democrats will have to start calling themselves the “Fighting 25,” down from the “Fighting 26,” after dropping a district in the battle to regain relevance statewide.

57. Health Care Expert: '100 Percent Certainty' Things Will Change -

It’s way too soon to tell. That’s the message Group Benefits LLC has sent to clients in response to phone calls and messages that were pouring in after Donald Trump’s surprise win in the presidential election.

58. Memphis Lab Scales Back, Citing Obamacare Effects -

A Memphis-based medical testing and research laboratory is changing its business model, suspending diagnostic testing services and initiating layoffs partly in response to what it says is the Affordable Care Act’s effect on reimbursement rates.

59. Specialized Lending Teams Helping Banks Build Business Relationships -

Standing apart from the competition in banking is not necessarily the simplest thing to do, given that key aspects of the industry – making loans, taking deposits and the like – look so similar from one institution to the next.

60. Memphis Continuing to Rebuild Police and Fire Benefits -

The private health insurance exchange for city retirees announced by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland this week is just part of an emerging package of benefits designed to bolster efforts to hire more Memphis police officers and firefighters.

61. Strickland Goes With Private Health Exchange for Retirees -

The city of Memphis is restoring a city subsidy for health care coverage of city retirees who are younger than 65 years old – primarily police and firefighters.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland announced the private health insurance exchange for retirees Wednesday, Nov. 9, which includes Health Reimbursement Accounts funded by the city for eligible premiums and out-of-pocket expenses.

62. Memphis Lab Scales Back, Citing Obamacare Effects -

A Memphis-based medical testing and research laboratory is changing its business model, suspending diagnostic testing services and initiating layoffs partly in response to what it says is the Affordable Care Act’s effect on reimbursement rates.

63. City Hall City Leaders Prepare for Pre-Thanksgiving Town Hall on Pinch District Development -

A town hall meeting Nov. 22 on the city’s plan for redevelopment of the Pinch District Downtown should be the last session to gather public input, said the Memphis City Council member whose district includes the Pinch.

64. Strickland to Make Decision On Retiree Health Insurance -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will make a decision Tuesday, Nov. 8, on city health insurance coverage for retirees that could involve a private health care exchange.

65. Election Fallout: What a Trump Or Clinton Presidency Means for State -

Donald Trump is going to win easily in Tennessee.

Everyone, most of all the campaigns for both Trump and Hillary Clinton, accept this fact, as evidenced by the lack of campaign time spent in the state – and most of the South, for that matter – during this contentious campaign cycle.

66. Last Word: MAA and TraVure, JT Votes Early and Minority Biz Momentum -

Big news overnight for one of several corporate headquarters moves we’ve been watching in the last year. Mid-America Apartments LP is poised to become the anchor of the TraVure mixed-use development on the western side of Germantown.

67. McDonald Murrmann Women’s Clinic Successful and Thriving in 20th Year -

Early in their careers Dr. Mary McDonald and Dr. Susan Murrmann ended up in the same Memphis OB/GYN group. A private management company offered to buy the group, Murrmann recalls, and every physician was in line to get about a half-million dollars right up front.

68. Claims Pushing ACA Marketplace Rates Higher, Some Providers Out -

Memphians with health care insurance through the state’s marketplace exchange or those looking to acquire health care insurance are bracing for rate increases that come on Jan. 1.

Rates for the two remaining insurers with marketplace plans available for the Memphis market next year – Cigna and Humana – are set to increase roughly 45 percent each.

69. BCBS Bombshell Leaves Insurance Seekers in Bind -

Nashville resident Jennifer Murray is caught in the snare of uncertainty looming over Tennessee health insurance coverage.

Self-employed as a health care consultant, the single 48-year-old bought individual coverage through BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee’s marketplace plans each year since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2014. The company offered the widest range of physicians, and its insurance was accepted in most places.

70. $4 a Month? Social Security Recipients to Get Tiny Increase -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Social Security recipients and federal retirees will get a 0.3 percent increase in monthly benefits next year, the fifth year in a row that older Americans will have to settle for historically low raises. The adjustment adds up to a monthly increase of less than $4 a month for an average recipient.

71. Hawes Takes on New Role At ACE Awareness Foundation -

Kiersten Hawes has been promoted to task force liaison and education coordinator at the Memphis-based ACE Awareness Foundation, which works to inform the community about the negative impact of adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs. Hawes will also continue to serve as a therapist at Universal Parenting Place’s Knowledge Quest location.
As the task force liaison, Hawes will engage the foundation board and task force in ongoing dialogue to build awareness around ACEs. Operating in a dual role as a therapist and education coordinator, she says, allows her the opportunity to speak to the impact that toxic stress and intergenerational ACEs have on a family system if not mitigated.

72. Last Word: Stop & Frisk, Council Day and The Big 12 Holds What It's Got -

We had quite the conversation with the two leaders of the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission about “stop and frisk” and what will be in the upcoming draft of a new Operation: Safe Community plan for Memphis.

73. Frustration Runs Deep for Customers Forced to Change Marketplace Plans -

Andrea Schankman’s three-year relationship with her insurer, Coventry Health Care of Missouri, has been contentious, with disputes over what treatments it would pay for. Nonetheless, like other Missourians, Schankman was unnerved to receive a notice from Coventry last month informing her that her policy was not being offered in 2017.

74. Tennessee Insurance Website Scores Low in National Helpfulness Study -

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance website ranked second to last in a new study by NerdWallet that looked at consumer helpfulness in searching for auto, health, homeowners and life insurance information.

75. Businesses Can Expect to Pay More For Insurance Products in 2017 -

Many businesses are feeling the sting of increasing medical insurance costs, while premiums for other types of business insurance have remained stable over the past year. But that’s all likely to change in the next year, as rates are expected to rise.

76. Rising Cost of Medicaid Expansion is Unnerving Some States -

ATLANTA (AP) – The cost of expanding Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is rising faster than expected in many states, causing budget anxieties and political misgivings.

77. Considering the Financial Impact of Life’s Milestones -

We work with many members – from millennials to baby boomers – who are looking for advice on how to plan for life’s next big milestone. Whether you’re planning to get married, start a family or looking ahead to retirement, making a long-range plan and understanding how these life changes will impact your finances is an important step.

78. Millions Leaving Government Insurance Money on the Table? -

Millions of Americans who bought individual health insurance outside the Affordable Care Act's public exchanges may be leaving money on the table if they skip those marketplaces again in picking 2017 coverage, a new report says.

79. Change for Parking -

Many residents of large metropolises do not have a driver’s license because they simply do not need one. Memphis, however, is a culture built on the car mentality. With city limits encompassing 324 square miles, the need to drive and maintain access to a car feels much more important, if not mandatory.

80. State Insurance Website Ranked Low for Helpfulness -

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance website ranked second to last in a new study by NerdWallet that looked at consumer helpfulness in searching for auto, health, homeowners and life insurance information.

81. BlueCross Dropping ACA Coverage in Memphis Area -

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is dropping its Affordable Care Act marketplace plan coverage in three major regions of the state, including Memphis, pointing to losses of nearly $500 million on such plans by the end of 2016.

82. Fernandez Fights for Memphians’ Cybersecurity -

Managing information technology for a hospital system might not seem like a natural extension of a career in the U.S. Navy. But as vice president and chief technology officer of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Gene Fernandez finds himself at the heart of the cybersecurity battle that health care providers are fighting.

83. Behind Health Law's 'Growing Pains,' More Serious Problems? -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama told insurers this week his health care overhaul has had some growing pains. But with premiums rising and marquee insurers bailing, could the real diagnosis be "failure to thrive?"

84. Panel Endorses Arkansas Insurance Marketplace Fee Plan -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers have endorsed an agency's plan to collect a 3 percent fee on plans offered through the state's health insurance exchange.

The Arkansas Health Insurance Market Place Legislative Oversight Committee on Wednesday backed the marketplace board's plan to begin collecting the fee in December. The 3 percent fee would replace a 3.5 percent fee that has been collected by the federal government since enrollment in the exchanges began two years ago.

85. Last Word: Rallings on Protests, New Home Sales Numbers and Special Session Over -

$10 million goes a long way toward establishing a new school.

But Crosstown High School was not among the new high schools that garnered grants Wednesday from the XQ Super School Project.

86. The Pluses and Minuses of Drugmakers' Discount Cards -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Facing public furor for the price of its emergency allergy shot EpiPen, Mylan Pharmaceuticals quickly pointed to a familiar industry solution: copay discount cards.

Copay coupons or cards have become a ubiquitous part of the pharmaceutical business, offered through websites, mobile apps and doctor's offices. Patient advocates say they can bring down out-of-pocket expenses for patients who face high copays and deductibles. Mylan last month boosted its discount cards to cover $300 of insured patients' copay costs, up from $100.

87. Arkansas Governor: Use Tobacco Funds for Disabled Programs -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson proposed Tuesday that the state tap into $8.5 million in unused money from the 1999 settlement with tobacco companies to provide more services to the developmentally disabled.

88. No Quick Fix in State Health Insurance Issue -

State Rep. Ron Travis is perplexed.

On one hand, the Republican from Dayton is concerned with escalating premiums for Tennesseans participating in the insurance marketplace, worried costs are increasing to the point people simply can’t afford health insurance.

89. Get Started: Business Owners Have Mixed View of Economy -

MIXED EMOTIONS. Small-business owners aren't very upbeat about the economy, but they're also not particularly pessimistic. That's the finding of a semiannual survey of owners taken in July and August and released last week by the advocacy group National Small Business Association.

90. Experts: Businesses Should Prepare A Plan For New Overtime Rules -

The clock is ticking until new U.S. Department of Labor overtime wage regulations go into effect Dec. 1, and local experts say affected companies, large and small, that haven’t started preparing should begin doing so immediately.

91. The Eyes Have It -

Years ago, Peggy White drove around town in a replica MG3. The car got a lot of looks, and White got a lot of compliments. Today, however, it’s White’s face that is turning heads. Specifically, her eyeglasses and the chameleon-like makeover she can create from one day to another.

92. As US Puts Breaks on Megadeals, Walgreens Prepares to Unload -

Walgreens believes that it will probably have to unload more stores than expected to ease antitrust concerns over its pending, $9.41 billion acquisition of Rite Aid, a deal that would make the nation's largest drugstore chain even larger.

93. Government Survey Shows Health Insurance Gains Slowing -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The nation's progress in getting more people covered by health insurance slowed significantly this year, the government confirmed Wednesday in a report that tempers a historic achievement of the Obama administration.

94. Preparing to Start a Business Creates Opportunity, Fear -

Meka Egwuekwe had a nice career going as a software developer when he co-founded CodeCrew. But he had to do it.

“It was both scary and not scary at the same time,” said Egwuekwe, who is also executive director at CodeCrew. “It was scary because I was walking away from a 19-year career as a software developer, where I could have easily continued successfully and comfortably for many more years.

95. Democrats Seek Hearings Exchange Rate Increases -

The state’s Democratic Caucus has requested hearings in the House and Senate Commerce and Insurance committees to probe how insurance rates for the 2017 Tennessee Health Care Marketplace could rise so high year to year.

96. Health Insurer to Offer Federal Exchange Policies Across Mississippi -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A health insurer will expand its offerings on the federally-subsidized exchange across all of Mississippi's 82 counties, bringing a second carrier to 16 counties.

97. Democrats Seek Hearings On Large Exchange Rate Hikes -

The state’s Democratic Caucus has requested hearings in the House and Senate Commerce and Insurance committees to probe how insurance rates for the 2017 Tennessee Health Care Marketplace could rise so high year to year.

98. Retirement Planning When You’re Self-Employed -

Ray’s Take Most people who work dream of being their own boss at some point. While there are certainly some benefits, there are a good number of extra headwinds you don’t want to ignore.

99. SCS Ponders How to Pay For Retirees’ Insurance -

Shelby County Schools board members approved an $8.4 million, three-year agreement with MetLife Insurance to continue life insurance coverage of school system retirees Tuesday, Aug. 30, but it will cost $7.2 million more for the same coverage.

100. Last Word: Big 12 Speculation, Changes at Fred's and Painting Rocks -

Just in time for the first weekend of college football, speculation about a list of finalists for the Big 12 athletic conference realignment and the University of Memphis is reportedly on the list of contenders for a much talked about and highly sought after conference switch.