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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PwC’s Barbara Gniewek says large employers aren’t planning any big surprises when it comes to health plans next year. The trend toward high deductible plans seems to be losing steam, not because of health reform in Washington, but because competitive health benefits are a must in a tight labor market.
Anthem pointed to continued "volatility" in the individual plan market.
CNBC's Bertha Coombs reports on Anthem exiting from Obamacare in Ohio in 2018.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina warns it may hike Obamacare rates more than 20 percent due to the mixed messages in Washington over subsidies.
CNBC's Bertha Coombs reports on the trading action at the Nasdaq, as tech continues to lead the rally, and investors eye Amazon to see if it will top $1000 per share.
UnitedHealth Group's Optum unit has signed a multiyear agreement with Merck to develop a better way to reimburse drugmakers.
For health insurers, the Congressional Budget Office's report on the House's revised American Health Care Act presents a mixed bag.
The Trump administration has yet to clarify questions about funding for low-income healthcare enrollees.
Elliott, the activist hedge fund led by Paul Singer, disclosed a large holding in Athenahealth, which provides electronic-health records.