Several States Start To Reopen Health Insurance Marketplaces

Plans in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are central to President Joe Biden’s covid-relief strategy and aim to help people who lost their jobs after the original enrollment periods.


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Health Insurance Marketplaces Reopening In Pa., N.J. To Help With COVID-19 Relief


Pennsylvania will reopen its health insurance marketplace, dubbed Pennie, for a special enrollment period Feb. 15 through May 15 to allow people affected by the coronavirus pandemic to select a new plan. The move is in line with President Joe Biden’s decision to reopen the federal marketplace, healthcare.gov, as part of his COVID-19 relief efforts. New Jersey’s marketplace, Get Covered NJ, will also remain open through May 15. (Gantz, 2/3)

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Developer of the World’s First Instant COVID-19 Test, Blink Science, Inc., Will Help Lead Global Medical Passport Initiatives

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ATLANTA, Feb. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Blink Science, Inc., a global company that is revolutionizing point-of-care medical diagnostics and data systems, will lead global initiatives to unify medical passports.

Blink Science will help drive international, public-private coalitions such as The Commons Project and the Vaccination Credential Initiative as they leverage technology to safeguard public health and enable individuals to share verified health data. Other coalition members include Carin, Cerner, Epic, Evernorth, IBM Watson, Mayo Clinic, Microsoft, Mitre, Oracle, Safe Health, and Salesforce.

Blink Science is developing blinkPASSPORT™ — an app-based medical passport platform that will empower individuals to carry their own verified COVID-19 test results and vaccination records on their phones and tablets and share them securely. Organizations and venues will use the companion blinkVERIFY™ app to scan blinkPASSPORT

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Money Diary: A 26-Year-Old Researcher In Hong Kong On 30k

Welcome to Money Diaries, where we’re tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We’re asking a cross-section of women how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period – and we’re tracking every last penny.This week: “I am a 26-year-old from London, working for a research firm in Hong Kong. I moved to the city last summer after many months of navigating travel bans and bureaucratic hurdles (not forgetting Hong Kong’s compulsory two-week hotel quarantine on arrival, electronic wristband and all). I’ve always been fairly careful with money. My parents took a systematic approach to our financial education; we had an allowance from about 8 (I’m talking £2 a week, mainly spent on chocolate) and were taught to budget from that. The amount given increased proportionally as we got older but

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Fitness Machine Technicians Earns Spot on Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2021 List of Top 500 Franchises | News

MALVERN, Pa., Feb. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Fitness Machine Technicians, specialists in the maintenance and repair of exercise equipment for commercial and residential customers, today announces it has ranked #208 on Entrepreneur magazine’s list of top 500 franchises.

This highly competitive list recognizes the top 500 franchise brands that continued to grow and evolve in 2020 despite challenges faced in the industry across the U.S. Entrepreneur evaluates franchises based on five pillars:

  • Costs and fees
  • Size and growth
  • Support (i.e., training times, marketing support, operational support)
  • Brand strength (i.e., social media, years in business)
  • Financial strength and stability

“We value each and every one of our Franchise Machine Technicians franchisees and aim to provide top-notch support and training to ensure they feel confident in their respective markets, and we have the stability to back it up,” says Don Powers, CEO and Founder of Fitness Machine Technicians. “It’s an

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