A high-risk health insurance pool run by the federal government is getting some changes that may make it more attractive for consumers.
There's an old adage in the insurance business: Policies aren't bought; they're sold.
It took top federal officials a year to figure that out, but the Obama administration now says agents could indeed help them sell their flagging high-risk insurance plans to people with pre-existing medical conditions. The plans were a widely touted part of the new health law when it passed, but administration officials were under pressure to act with enrollment sluggish.
Thousands of anti-government protesters gathered at Bahrain's Pearl Roundabout in the capital Manama in mid-February. On March 18, the government demolished the monument.
For the past two and a half months, the government of Bahrain has cracked down brutally on opposition figures who led massive anti-government protests in February and March. Doctors, journalists, human rights workers and even elected officials have been detained and beaten.
The government's most recent targets are women.
"They took me from my work," one woman says. "And from the beginning they slapped me on my face, on my head, shoulder."