HR pro shares tips for picking the right health plan for 2020

Open Enrollment has begun. Over the next month, millions of Americans will choose their health insurance coverage for 2020. A human resources consultant says it's important to get started, compare your options, and pick the right plan for you.

Google parent Alphabet buying Fitbit for about $2.1B

Speculation swirled at the beginning of the week that a deal might be imminent. Premarket trading of shares of San Francisco-based Fitbit Inc. were briefly halted before the acquisition was announced.

NYU's groundbreaking stem cell research

Stem cells need a "home" to survive. That home is called a niche. Dr. Erika Bach leads a team of researchers at NYU Langone Health. Bach's lab studies those special properties of stem cells and the impact they can have in treating diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, various cancers, and others.

Helping children with the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation

Physical therapist Allie McNamara guides nine-year-old Emmet through Aqua Therapy. Emmet is just one of 169-permanent residents of  Elizabeth Seton Children's, a long-term care facility  in Yonkers,  New York. McNamara said “ We are also working on making her breathing muscles stronger so she can cough better and not get Pneumonia in the winter.

Jersey City teachers strike

Teachers in a large northern New Jersey school district have gone on strike. The job action in Jersey City began early Friday after the teachers union and the district failed to reach a deal. District officials say city schools will be open for a half day on Friday. The last teachers strike in Jersey City occurred 20 years ago.

Health worker shortage

The Menorah Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care in Brooklyn could soon be facing a labor shortage. That's because many in the pool of workers the Center normally hires from to be certified nurse assistants (or CNAs), worry about their immigration status.

New way to offer medical care?

Amazon, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and the New York bank JPMorgan Chase are teaming up to create health care company "free from profit-making incentives and constraints." The business giants offered few details Tuesday and said that the project is in the early planning stage.

Trump cuts off insurance payments

President Donald Trump is taking steps to dismantle the Affordable Care Act by announcing the government will no longer make payments to insurers to cover certain costs for low- and middle-income customers. Health experts predict that in the short term nearly 6 million people could see their premiums go up. Several Democratic-leaning states are already planning to sue the administration for withholding the federal dollars.

John McCain returns to the Senate

Recently diagnosed with brain cancer, Sen. John McCain returned to the Senate to cast a procedural vote on health care reform. He called the health care insurance system a "mess." Although McCain voted "yes" on the procedural motion, he said he would not support the actual healthcare bill in its current form.