If you miss the deadline for health insurance, you may still be able to get coverage. Here are your options:Special Enrollment PeriodYou may still be able to sign up for a health plan if you have something called a “qualifying life event” that would make you eligible for a special enrollment period.Here are some common qualifying life events:- Having a baby, adopting a child, or placing a child for adoption. Coverage can take effect the day of the event, and the enrollment window is open up to 60 days afterwards.- Getting married. Getting wed can make you eligible for a special enrollment period, which will take effect the first day of the month after you enroll. In this instance, your enrollment window is open for up to 60 days after your marriage (you can’t enroll until getting married!)- Losing other health coverage. If you lost your previous coverage after the cutoff, you may be able to qualify for special enrollment. This could include losing a job-based plan, aging off a parent’s coverage at age 26, losing coverage through divorce, losing eligibility for Medicaid or CHIP, and other similar events. Coverage can take effect the first day of the month after you enroll and after the loss of coverage. Make note that the enrollment window runs from 60 days before to 60 days after losing your other coverage. (Losing a health plan due to non-payment of premiums does not qualify as losing health coverage. So if you’re planning on leaving your full-time job to go freelance, you can buy health insurance when you leave your job.- Being denied Medicaid or CHIP coverage. Medicaid and CHIP are nationwide programs that provide coverage to people with low incomes or disabilities — for both of these programs, you can apply anytime. If you are denied Medicaid or CHIP coverage, you may be eligible to enroll in a health insurance plan up to 60 days after the denial. Coverage can take effect the first day of the month after you enroll.- Major income changes. If you lose a huge client and are already enrolled in a health plan, you may re-apply for subsidies or get higher subsidies. Just note that you can’t apply for a new plan or change plans; you can only change your subsidy amount. But you can also become ineligible for subsidies if you made more income than you expected!- Moving. You may be eligible for a special enrollment period if you move and your relocation affects your rate because you moved into a different rating region. You may also qualify if your move affects your plan options, for instance if you move out of the service area for one carrier and into the service area for another, or if you move to another state.Other qualifying life eventsIn addition to the situations listed above, there are a number of other life events that could qualify you for a special enrollment period. Visit healthcare.gov’s list of events to see if you can obtain coverage.Qualifying for Special Enrollment due to a “Complex Situation”You may still be able to obtain coverage if a “complex situation” prevented you from enrolling before the deadline. This could include an unexpected hospitalization, a natural disaster, or enrollment error that prevented you from obtaining coverage before the deadline. See if you qualify here.Are you ineligible for special enrollment? About that fee…If you don’t qualify for special enrollment, then you probably can’t get health coverage until the next open enrollment period, scheduled for November 15, 2015.Without health coverage, you’ll have to pay a fee (2% of your income or $325 per adult, whichever is higher) or get a fee exemption. There are several scenarios that may qualify you for a fee exemption — for example, if you didn’t have minimum essential coverage for all or part of 2014. HealthCare.gov has a detailed list of fee exemptions, as well as instructions on how to apply for an exemption.If you think you qualify for a special enrollment period, you can apply for coverage provided through Freelancers Union, or you can contact the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596 or visit HealthCare.gov.Do you have any more health coverage questions? We’re here to help!
United States Ellis selects USWNT roster for 2018 SheBelieves Cup Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 06:15 24/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Greg Bartram United States SheBelieves Cup United States v Germany Andi Sullivan and Savannah McCaskill are among the prospects to make the final 23-player squad for matches against Germany, France and England U.S. national team coach Jill Ellis has selected her final 23-player roster for the SheBelieves Cup, with Andi Sullivan, Tierna Davidson and Savannah McCaskill among the prospects to make the cut.The squad announced Friday included a veteran-heavy core, including the likes of Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, mixed with players looking to break into Ellis’ regular rotation.Ellis trimmed three players from the 26-woman roster selected ahead of a pre-tournament camp in Orlando, Florida: defender Hailie Mace, midfielder Rose Lavelle and forward Ashley Hatch. Veterans Becky Sauerbrunn (foot), Samantha Mewis (knee) and Tobin Heath (ankle) were omitted from the preliminary squad because of injury. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The U.S. opens the SheBelieves Cup against Germany on Thursday at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, before traveling to face France three days later at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. The Americans conclude the round-robin tournament against Phil Neville’s England side March 7 at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando.”We have an experienced and hungry group of players,” Ellis said in a news release. “The players relish the opportunities to play the absolute best teams in the world and after a really productive week of training in Florida, we’re ready for the unique challenges that each of these teams will present.”Here is the full roster:GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), 24-Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), 1-Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)DEFENDERS (7): 7-Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), 17-Tierna Davidson (Stanford), 14-Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals), 2-Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), 22-Taylor Smith (Washington Spirit), 16-Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns)MIDFIELDERS (6): 6-Morgan Brian (Lyon,), 8-Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), 9-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), 10-Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), 20-Allie Long (Seattle Reign), 3-Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)FORWARDS (7): 19-Crystal Dunn (NC Courage), 21-Savannah McCaskill (Sky Blue FC), 13-Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), 23-Christen Press (Houston Dash), 11-Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign), 12-Lynn Williams (NC Courage)
Lionel Messi ‘Best in history’ Messi lauded by Barcelona colleagues Coutinho & Busquets Iain Strachan 19:14 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Lionel Messi Barcelona Luis Suárez Philippe Coutinho Ousmane Dembélé Barcelona v Girona Girona Primera División The Argentine produced a typically dominant performance during a La Liga mauling of Girona, drawing gushing praise from his Camp Nou team-mates Philippe Coutinho and Sergio Busquets hailed the performance of the “amazing” Lionel Messi in Barcelona’s crushing 6-1 La Liga victory over Girona.The Argentina international set up Luis Suarez for an equaliser after Girona had taken a third-minute lead, and netted twice himself, the second an inventive free-kick steered under the opposition’s defensive wall at Camp Nou.Coutinho, a January arrival from Liverpool, also supplied an assist for Suarez before getting on the scoresheet, and the Brazilian is already revelling in a productive relationship with his superstar team-mates. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “Leo is amazing,” he told Movistar.”He fooled everyone with his goal. It’s incredible how good he is. Each game we understand each other better, with him, with Suarez, he’s very important for us. “Bit by bit I’m learning and I have a lot of work to do.”Holding midfielder Busquets echoed the sentiments of Coutinho, saying of Messi’s contribution: “He always makes the difference and that’s what makes him the best player in the world and in the history of football.”Ousmane Dembele could not find the back of the net himself but did tee up Suarez for the Uruguayan to complete his hat-trick, and Coutinho expects the young France international to hit his stride soon. “Barcelona play unique football,” he said.”Dembele is a great player, I’m sure that with time and work we will learn. We want to do the best we can.”
Transfers Lewandowski’s ‘heard nothing’ from Real Madrid following agent change Chris Burton 18:34 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Bayern München Bundesliga Primera División Robert Lewandowski The prolific Bayern striker continues to be linked with a big-money summer transfer and commented on his change in representation Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has rubbished reports suggesting a change of agent means he is off to Real Madrid, with no contact received from Spain.The prolific Pole has turned to ‘super agent’ Pini Zahavi to manage his career, with the Israeli taking on one of the most sought-after talents in world football.Lewandowski is enjoying another productive season at club level, with the 20-goal mark reached in the Bundesliga for a third successive year and the sixth time in seven years spread across spells at Bayern and Borussia Dortmund. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp It is those exploits which continue to see him linked with big-money moves elsewhere, with reports of interest from Madrid refusing to go away.The 29-year-old has, however, once again moved to distance himself from the rumours and play down the importance of a change in representative, telling reporters: “No, that [agent change] has nothing to do with this speculation.“I haven’t heard anything from Real Madrid, I don’t know whether my agent has and people will write what they want, but it doesn’t interest me.”Lewandowski drew a rare blank in his latest outing, as Bayern were held to a goalless draw by Hertha Berlin, but he remains a talismanic presence in Munich.With that in mind, the Bundesliga leaders have no intention of sanctioning a sale, with manager Jupp Heynckes having said of the incessant transfer talk: “A player is allowed to change his agent, it doesn’t mean anything.“Bayern want to – and will – keep our top players.”Zahavi has also played down the Real reports, with no talks held with the La Liga giants at this stage.He told Bild after being confirmed as Lewandowski’s agent: “Of course I have a lot of contacts in the industry, but that has nothing to do with it.“However, one never knows what will happen in the future.”
Paul Pogba Vidic: Pogba’s problems at Man Utd aren’t his fault Chris Burton 16:57 10/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty Paul Pogba Manchester United Premier League The former Red Devils defender believes too much pressure has been placed on an £89m man, with there a lack of senior stars to help him through Paul Pogba cannot be blamed for his struggles at Manchester United, says Nemanja Vidic, with issues outside of his control contributing to a turbulent period.The £89 million asset has seen his value questioned this season, with a bright start to the 2017-18 campaign having been countered by injury issues and a humbling benching by Jose Mourinho.Vidic believes too much pressure has been placed on the France international as a result of his club-record price tag – something he can do little about. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The former United defender also believes that, unlike in his day, there are not enough senior stars at Old Trafford ready to help new arrivals settle and guide them through testing times.Vidic told reporters at St George’s Park while taking a UEFA Pro Licence course: “It is not the player’s fault that a club is paying so much money for him. If someone offers you a big contract, you would not refuse, probably?“I think the environment is important – who is around you, for example – to make you better. For the players of 22 and 23 to get so much money and publicity, he must feel like he is the most powerful person in the world. I was a football player, I felt like that: ‘Wow, I am feeling really good’.“But I think you need to have someone in the dressing room – some of the players – who can help you come through these difficult situations.“You need the right senior players, with the credibility to help you go through the situation.“When I came to United I was 24 and the dressing room was strong. You had Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, these guys. You always look to them for what you are doing, what you should be doing. They have already established the path, so there was less pressure on me.”Pogba opened the season with three goals in six appearances, but has failed to find the target since netting against Newcastle on November 18.
Back in ⬛️See you In 24 hours 👀 @41Million_ #BTD is pic.twitter.com/dsywJUk7Hi— Oregon State Football (@BeaverFootball) August 30, 2019Justin Southwell (BWB): 2012 was a down year (8-5), but Oklahoma State bounced back in 2013 (10-3). 2014 was a down year (7-6), but Oklahoma State bounced back in 2015 (10-3). The 2013 and 2015 10-win seasons started with the Cowboys on the road in Black-White-Black. I expect history to repeat itself with Oklahoma State bouncing back from a down year by kicking off their campaign with a familiar combo (B/W/B).I would expect them to go with the brand logo to let Oregon State know who the real OSU is. It can be orange, it can be chrome, it can be whatever, as long as it’s the brand. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The uniform predictions are back, and there will be a lot of orange and black in Oregon this weekend. The Beavers will be in all black, and the Pokes will counter with white jerseys. All that remains is the OSU helmets and pants. Here are our guesses.Carson Cunningham (BWB): I want to see the Cowboys flex on Oregon State by coming out in helmets with the interlocking OSU logo. They won’t do that but I do think they show off that they’re the real OSU and mix in a lot of black and orange. I’ll go matte black helmet with the brand on it, white jerseys and black pants.Kyle Porter (WWO): Oregon State’s all-black announcement solidifies this guess for me. I think OSU going nearly opposite with a WWO look and those filthy helmets from the TCU game last season (see above) would be premium.
zoomImage Courtesy: Stolt -Nielsen Stolt-Nielsen’s CEO, Niels Stolt-Nielsen, believes the costs stemming from the industry’s switch to compliant fuels as of January 2020, should be met by customers.Namely, as of January 1st, 2020, all ships will have to consume low sulfur fuel with a sulfur content of 0.5%, down from 3.5% today, if not fitted with scrubbers.Belgium’s shipowner plans to meet the new regulations by fueling its ships with marine gas oil (MGO) or other type of new fuels are under development by the oil companies.“Ships can fit in scrubbers, but realistically, as it stands today, around 5% of the global fleet has announced or has installed scrubbers. So a very small part of it,” Stolt-Nielsen said in a conference call on Thursday, October 4.“For us, if you take the current spread between MGO, and high-sulfur fuel oils (HSFO), based on our fuel consumption, if we have an additional USD 300 per tonne cost, our total cost per year is USD 150 million. So it is clear that unless we are able to pass that cost onto our customers, we will be going out of business very quickly. The industry will be going out of business very quickly.”Stolt-Nielsen explained the move was necessary taking into account that the majority of the industry is losing money.Container liners have already announced their plans to levy sulphur cap surcharges as of next year, a move which was not welcomed by shippers.For the third quarter of 2018, the company reported a net profit attributable to shareholders of USD 3 million, after a USD 12.9 million negative impact resulting from a change in the accounting for the company’s investment in Avance Gas Holdings Limited. Revenue for the quarter stood at USD 543.1 million. Net profit was down when compared with a net profit of USD 9.5 million in the second quarter of 2018.Net profit for the first nine months was USD 51.3 million, with revenue of USD 1.6 billion, up from USD 49.2 million, and revenue of USD 1.5 billion in the same period last year.
TORONTO – Ikea and A&W are the latest big chains to join the war against single-use plastics, with each promising to limit waste production amid a growing public outcry over pollution.Ikea said Friday it would eliminate single-use plastic products from its shelves by 2020, including straws, plates, cups, freezer bags, garbage bags and plastic-coated paper plates and cups.And A&W Canada said it wanted to be the first fast food chain in North America to eliminate plastic straws with a plan to stop using them by the end of the year.The company says it will offer compostable paper straws instead. The move is expected to keep 82 million plastic straws out of landfills each year.Christine Ball of the Ecobusiness Network, which helps businesses reduce their environmental footprint, says shifting to more eco-conscious practices is an increasing concern for many companies.And she says moves by large players like Ikea and A&W can have a big impact on the broader sector.“When you start talking about something small like straws then you start to rethink the entire industry — you start rethinking how you’re using plastics overall,” says Ball, based in Whitby, Ont.“The general public and business (both) start to rethink: ‘OK, where else am I using these single-use plastics in my life where I don’t need to be?’”And it doesn’t stop with plastic, she adds.Ball points to a growing interest in the circular economy, in which manufacturing involves recycled materials and waste is eliminated or reused elsewhere. She points to one member company that produces a lot of cork waste, and efforts by the network to connect it to other organizations that grind cork to make cork floors.“Businesses are looking for new solutions as far as waste is concerned. Plastic is a part of it but businesses in our area that we talk to, they’re looking at an overall solution: ‘How do we deal with my organics? How do I deal with my plastics? My paper and my trash?’ I think that the plastics is amazing but it is just the tip of the iceberg.”Indeed, there have been an array of anti-plastic pledges in recent months: hotels including the Marriott and Holiday Inn Express have dumped their complimentary tiny shampoo and conditioner bottles in favour of larger containers that are attached to the bathroom wall; Montreal became the largest Canadian municipality to ban single-use plastic bags earlier this week, and Prince Edward Island is gearing up to become to the first province to do the same.Ikea Canada’s head of sustainability says the company hasn’t determined what alternatives it will offer to single-use plastics, which will also be phased out from customer and co-worker restaurants, bistros, and cafes by the end of 2019.But when Ikea committed to offering only LED lighting, he notes that forced the supply chain to come up with solutions quickly.“We’re hopeful that the commitment that we’re making around the single use plastics will actually encourage others to join us in this journey and then the suppliers that we work with, they can innovate or bring new products to market that will help us fulfil these ambitions,” says Brendan Seale.“In part, it’s an effort to shift the industry, and I think we have an opportunity and the ability to do that based on our scale. And if other large companies can do the same, then I think we’ll see fairly rapid movement on this.”He says Ikea is keen to join the circular economy by looking at new ways to work with renewable and recycled materials, and prolong the life of its products.Seale says Ikea has already taken some steps towards that: its Tanum woven rug is made from off-cuts from production of bed linens; the PS vase is made from the broken glass from production of other Ikea products; and a black matte cabinet door called Kungsbacka is made from recycled wood and PET plastic bottles.That’s important to consumers like Sophi Robertson of Toronto, who has been striving to produce zero waste since 2016.“I try to avoid a lot of the bigger chains but at the same time I try to also support (them) when I see that they’re making those kinds of changes,” says the 39-year-old Robertson, who estimates her family has produced one grocery bag of garbage in the past five months.“I think the big companies are the ones that kind of have to be the leaders in making these changes happen so that everyone else can follow.”
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook said it has uncovered “sophisticated” efforts, possibly linked to Russia, to influence U.S. politics on its platforms.The company said it removed 32 accounts from Facebook and Instagram because they were involved in “coordinated” political behavior and appeared to be fake.Facebook stopped short of saying the effort was aimed at influencing the U.S. midterm elections in November, although the timing of the suspicious activity would be consistent with such an attempt.According to a Facebook official, the company held briefings in the House and Senate this week. The official declined to be named because the briefings were private. Facebook disclosed its findings after The New York Times reported on them earlier Tuesday.The company said it doesn’t know who is behind the efforts, but said there may be connections to Russia. Facebook said it has found some connections between the accounts it removed and the accounts connected to Russia’s Internet Research Agency that it removed before and after the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.The earliest page was created in March 2017. Facebook says more than 290,000 accounts followed at least one of the fake pages. The most followed Facebook Pages had names such as “Aztlan Warriors,” ″Black Elevation,” ″Mindful Being,” and “Resisters.”Facebook says the pages ran about 150 ads for $11,000 on Facebook and Instagram, paid for in U.S. and Canadian dollars. The first ad was created in April 2017; the last was created in June 2018.The company added that the perpetrators have been “more careful to cover their tracks” than in 2016, in part because of steps Facebook has taken to prevent abuse over the past year. For example, they used virtual private networks and internet phone services, and paid third parties to run ads on their behalf.__Associated Press Writer Mary Clare Jalonick contributed to this story from Washington.