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 takes a deeper look at proposals that would lower Medicare Advantage rates more than analyst and insurers were expecting.
States that defaulted to the federally-built health exchange late last year have until the end of the day Friday to declare whether they will opt to run part of the online marketplaces that will serve to enroll people under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Melissa Boudreault, CGI vp of state health solutions, talks to CNBC's Bertha Coombs about the Federally-built health care exchange. She believes it will be a tremendous resource to consumers, because it must meet the needs of a number of different states.