CareSource: Obamacare sign ups double in first 10 days

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 11:42 AM

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CareSource reports strong sign ups the first week of open enrollment for Affordable Care Act insurance.

The uncertainty about the future of the health law, drop in federal dollars for sign up outreach and the sharp rise in the sticker price of insurance premiums do not appear to have dampened interest during the initial days of open enrollment.

Enrollment runs this year from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15.

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An official with the Dayton-based insurer that sells health plans in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia stated it had a “robust first week of open enrollment activity.”

“At this time, we are please to announce that we have doubled our total enrollment for 2018 coverage compared to the same time period last year,” stated Steve Ringel, CareSource Ohio Market president. “Early indications are that the shorter enrollment period has not suppressed consumer interest in the Marketplace.”

Ringel said other positive signs include that in previous years more than 90 percent of those who enrolled in CareSource plans did so before the Dec. 15 deadline.

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In Ohio, the sticker price for premiums is up an average of 34 percent, but the actual price for some plans might be much less. 

An analysis by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation found that in 1,540 counties a hypothetical 40-year-old making $25,000 a year can get a basic “bronze” plan under the ACA next year for zero monthly premium.

It’s partly as a result of administration actions that raised the underlying cost of insurance, leading to higher federal spending for premium subsidies. Bronze plans typically have annual deductibles of $6,000 or more but might be attractive to healthy young people.

This national reports of strong initial sign up activity for the marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The Hill reported more than 200,000 people selected a plan during the first day of enrollment, compared to 100,000 last year.

This is a positive sign for the Dayton non-profit health insurer, which took a gamble this year when it expanded its offerings into new counties in Ohio and in other states at a time when other insurance companies were fleeing the exchanges.

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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Aetna rocked Ohio’s health insurance marketplace when the two pulled out of the exchange. Each noted how insurers couldn’t be certain that the federal government would continue to make payments to help cover the costs of insurers selling low-cost health plans. Premier Health also announced it would be leaving the exchange.

Then in August, CareSource announced it would sell insurance plans in Paulding County in 2018, restoring ACA coverage to the last bare county in the country.

Black Friday shopping: Area stores say they still have deals today

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 5:21 AM

Long line at Elder-Beerman

UPDATE @ 2:03 P.M. 

Abby Jump, of Enon, dug through a bin of DVDs at Walmart in Beavercreek. She said she waited to shop this morning, and didn’t go out on Thanksgiving. 

“The Greene wasn’t bad,” she said. “There were some really good specials at Alta. The line was really long.” 

UPDATE @ 12:03 p.m.

UPDATE @ 8:30 a.m.

James Maggard, of Franklin, sat on a bench in the Dayton Mall, waiting for his family as they shopped around for gifts. He said they woke up early to go to Toys“R”Us, which he said “wasn’t busy at all.”

“We went to Walmart last night,” he said. “Now, that was awful. I have PTSD and it all came back last night. I told my wife I had to just go out to the car.”

He said a “little old lady” grabbed an electronics item right out of his hand at Walmart. Today has been calm with smaller crowds, he said.  

His daughters plan to go to Barnes and Noble after the Dayton Mall, but Maggard said most of his holiday shopping is already done. “I ordered most of everything online.” 

Kenna Davis and Tera Estep, of Middletown, started their day of shopping at 4 a.m. at the Cabela’s in West Chester Twp.. The lines were so long that they opted out of buying anything at all. 

“It was unreal,” Davis said.

After that, they went to Target, which didn’t have any lines. “We thought it would be jam-packed. 

Sitting in the Dayton Mall with Auntie Anne’s pretzels, the women waited on a bench for Estep’s daughters who shopped in Victoria’s Secret. 

“I’m not a crowd-fighter,” Davis said.

 

UPDATE @ 7:28 a.m. 

UPDATE @ 6:20 a.m.

More than 600 people waited in line for door buster deals at Cabela’s in Centerville. The line was significantly smaller than last year, when more than 1,000 people showed up for the first Black Friday at the retailer’s Centerville location. 

A Cabela’s spokeswoman said one person claimed a free firearm. The store is expected to give away two free firearms today, as well as gift cards and other prizes. 

 

INITIAL REPORT:

Consumers got an early start on their shopping on Thanksgiving, but plenty of retailers will offer special Black Friday deals today.

Black Friday is still expected to be the busiest shopping day of the weekend — with 115 million people expected to do their buying today. An estimated 164 million people are planning to shop this weekend, according to the annual survey released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. The numbers include Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Sunday and Cyber Monday.

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Holiday spending in Ohio is expected to grow 2 percent this year compared to 2016, bringing in an estimated $24.1 billion statewide — and people in the Dayton region are expected to spend more than last year. NRF projects that holiday retail sales in November and December this year will be up between 3.6 percent and 4 percent for a total between $678.8 billion and $682 billion. Consumers say they will spend an average $967.13 this year, according to the annual survey conducted.

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Black Friday deals: Here’s what we found today

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 7:16 AM

Black Friday

Shoppers are already out finding the best deals at big box retailers on Black Friday.

Retailers like Target and Walmart opened last night on Thanksgiving, offering major deals for shoppers. Cabela’s opened again at 6 a.m. today, and gave away prizes to the first 600 customers in line.

A two-hour timelapse of shoppers at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek, Ohio on Black Friday.

These are the best deals we’ve found so far:

Elder-Beerman announces Cyber Monday deals

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 2:45 PM


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KARA DRISCOLL/STAFF

Elder-Beerman’s parent company, The Bon-Ton Stores Inc., announced its two-day Cyber Monday sale starts on Sunday at 6 a.m. and ends midnight on Monday.

The sales are on all Bon-Ton sites including: bonton.com, bergners.com, bostonstore.com, carsons.com, elder-beerman.com, herbergers.com and younkers.com. Online shoppers can access an exclusive promo code for $50 off a $100 or more online purchase, and shipping is free on any purchase of $25 or more.

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Some of the deals include:

•Up to 70 percent off select outerwear for ladies, men and kids

•$19.97 any size Living Quarters down alternative reversible comforters

•Sharper Image GPS location with camera drone 1080P for $279.97

•Up to 70 percent off a huge selection of dresses

•$39.97 cashmere sweaters for her

•20 percent off select mascaras

•Up to 70 percent off designer clearance handbags

•$19.97 Rampage boots and jackets

•50 percent off FAO Schwarz toys

•Up to 70 percent off clearance fine jewelry

Bon-Ton will continue its Cyber Monday event all week and unveil Cyber Week online deals through Dec. 2.

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Reza’s Roast plans local coffee donation event

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 1:34 PM


            Reza’s Roast is inviting the public to its “Roast it Forward” event Saturday. CONTRIBUTED
Reza’s Roast is inviting the public to its “Roast it Forward” event Saturday. CONTRIBUTED

A local coffee roaster is looking for your help to donate coffee to area soup kitchens and shelters.

Reza’s Roast, a Fairborn roaster of coffee sourced directly from farmers, is inviting the public to stop by Saturday to its “Roast it Forward” event to buy coffee beans at cost and donate to local organizations.

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For the Saturday event, Reza’s stated it bought inexpensive (but still ethically sourced) green beans to donate to local soup kitchens and shelters.

“Come buy at cost as little or much as you like and we will help you roast and bag it yourself,” the roastery said.

Stop by 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the 611 W. Yellow Springs Fairfield Road business to participate.

The business’ roaster can do a batch in less than 15 minutes. Then visitors can take the coffee to donate where they would like or leave it for Reza’s to drop off.

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Not sure where to donate? Reza’s has a list of local organizations that would be grateful for coffee.

There will be free donuts and coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Kids are invited and there will be some children’s activities as well.