Aereo’s Next Chapter: Chapter 11

Aereo Chapter 11 letter

Back in June, I wrote a post about Aereo. Aereo is the company that let consumers DVR and watch live TV online for a wonderful yet brief period of time. I was one of their subscribers and really miss it. I refuse to pay for cable, so I can’t DVR anymore.

From what I can tell, ABC has cut down on what is available to watch online for free, so if I miss something, I’ve really missed it. Since Shonda has me hooked, I’m glued to the TV on Thursday nights. Although, the shows are now on their winter break until January 29th, so my Thursdays just got freed up too.

Anyway, I just received an email from Aereo this morning saying that they have filed for Chapter 11 reorganization. It’s not surprising given their Supreme Court loss this summer and shutting down their service. Looks like they will have to come up with a new business model. It was great while it lasted.

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Photo Credit: Aereo

Do You Have Health Insurance? Get Covered!

*Thank you UnitedHealthcare for sponsoring this post!*

Hospital - MagistraleOpen enrollment starts today, November 15, 2014 and lasts until February 15, 2015. Americans across the country can sign up for a health insurance plan and get covered for 2015.

Most of you are probably familiar with the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare by some. There are certain qualifying events that allow you to use a special enrollment period. The exchanges or the marketplace is a website that allows you to compare plans from a variety of providers much like Travelocity. The website will be either the government website or your state’s individual marketplace website.

In Massachusetts, the website is the Massachusetts Health Connector. Since the work I do is project based, I do not have one steady employer providing me with health insurance. There are many myths about who has health insurance and who doesn’t. Everyone has different work, health and family situations. In the past, obtaining health insurance was nearly impossible for some.

I’m very happy that there are now more options to find better and more affordable health insurance as an individual. I’ll be signing up for a plan during this enrollment period on the Mass. Health Connector and hopefully can keep my current plan or find a new health insurance plan that I like better. According to Gallup, most people are happy with their new plans.

Over seven in 10 Americans who bought new health insurance policies through the government exchanges earlier this year rate the quality of their healthcare and their healthcare coverage as “excellent” or “good.”

Figuring out all the terms can be rather daunting, so I’ll have to brush up on those again as I compare plans. Wish me luck as I go through the process. Hopefully some of you are able to sign up for a plan too!

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Flickr Photo: Hospital – Magistrale by digital cat

Recently Read: My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

book cover for Sonia SotomayorIn case you’re looking for a good book to read, I thought I’d share one. My Beloved World by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is one of the best.

My mother and I both happened to be reading it at the same time, so it was fun being able to talk about it with her. This would be an excellent choice for a book club.  My Beloved World is quick moving and reads more like a novel. I was drawn in from page one and glued until the end.

My impression of her after reading the book is that I admire her even more. From her youngest days, she had a strong survival extinct and believed in a vision for her future. Her struggle with Type 1 diabetes had a lot to do with it. We learn about her family, friends and close ties that she forms with so many people over the years.

She has a certain joy and fun that made me and my mom both feel like we’d love to hang out with her! Her compassion, intelligence, life and work experiences all run so deep that it makes me so grateful that Sonia Sotomayor is on our Supreme Court. I took the book out of the library and had to return it, but would like to read it again. My Beloved World is a book to buy and have for future reference.

Terry Gross interviewed Sotomayor about her book and life on Fresh Air and you can listen online to learn a bit more.

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Photo Credit: Random House