Bertha Coombs is a reporter for CNBC, covering financial markets, business news stories and health care throughout the business day. She is based at the Nasdaq Marketsite in Times Square.
Her health care coverage at CNBC has ranged from covering the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the failed launch of the Obamacare health insurance exchanges, to how cancer researchers are using IBM's Watson to improve cancer care, and how doctors are using mobile technology to treat patients in their own homes. She also covered the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the impact of the financial crisis of 2008, and reported on the oil markets from the floor of the New York Mercantile exchange.
Before joining CNBC, Coombs was a reporter and anchor for the pioneering online business network, Yahoo Finance Vision, and served as a freelance reporter for the former CNNfn financial network. Prior, she served as a reporter for ABC News One, and a substitute anchor for "World News Now" and "World News This Morning."
She began her career in general news, with previous reporting and anchoring positions at WABC-TV in New York, WPLG-TV in Miami and WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut.
Coombs is a graduate of Yale University and was awarded the Leo Beranek Reporter Training Fellowship at WCVB-TV in Boston. Born in Havana, Cuba, she speaks fluent Spanish.
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CNBC's Bertha Coombs reports the latest troubles in health care, including why shares of Humana are sinking.
Medicare ratings cuts at Humana may signal a higher bar for other Medicare insurers, an analyst says.
Like many tech firms competing for a younger work force, Activision is breaking new ground with its employee benefits.
Activision Blizzard Human Resources chief Milt Ezzard tells Bertha Coombs about the company’s new compassionate leave program, which gives workers take 8 weeks of paid time off to spend with family members who are seriously ill.
A switch in health insurers is making a big difference for some employees at Activision Blizzard.
Finding a health insurance provider that responds to the needs of a mid- and large-size employer can be challenge. That’s what prompted Activision Blizzard to sign on with fast-growing start-up Collective Health.
CNBC's Bertha Coombs breaks down big gains in the tech sector, while CNBC's Bob Pisani wraps up the quarter at the NYSE. CNBC contributor Evan Newmark and Dani Hughes, Divine Capital, share their fourth-quarter outlooks.
CNBC's Bertha Coombs takes a closer look at the "powerful technology rally" contributing to the Nasdaq's best quarter since 2013.
Employers may be leery about shifting more health costs to their employees, according to the results from two health benefits surveys.
Blue Cross Arizona resumes coverage in Pinal County, CNBC's Bertha Coombs reports.