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 on how UnitedHealth drags on the Dow.
Humana's decision to exit the Knoxville market next year left the region at risk of having no insurers selling individual plans in 2018.
Elements of the American Health Care Act add a new level of complexity for health insurers.
The Dow and S&P 500 are coming off six straight sessions in which neither has moved as much as 0.2 percent.
Aetna announced earlier this year that it was exiting Iowa's market in 2018.
CNBC's Bertha Coombs reports that Aetna has announced it will not offer individual insurance plans in the state of Virginia.
Anthem said it plans to file preliminary 2018 rates with the assumption that the cost-sharing reductions will be funded.
Humana is raising its outlook ahead of its shareholder meeting. CNBC's Bertha Coombs reports.
Humana is the only insurer offering exchange plans this year in Knoxville but is dropping out of the Obamacare market in 2018.
CNBC's Bertha Coombs takes a look at the impact for those people without viable options when it comes to the health-care debate.