BSNL Rs. 149 Plan for New Customers Offers 30 Minutes of Free Calls Per Day and 300MB Data

State-owned telecom operator BSNL on Monday came out with a prepaid scheme under which new subscribers can make 30 minutes of free voice calls – local and STD – daily to any other network for a month, for Rs. 149. BSNL customers will also have an option to get similar free unlimited calls for three months by paying lumpsum amount of Rs. 439, BSNL said in a statement. In addition to the free calls, customers will get 300MB of mobile data as part of the BSNL Rs. 439 offer and Rs. 149…

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Donald Trump Just Derailed California’s Boldest Health Care Plan

A California lawmaker is calling the state’s recent decision to nix a proposal that would provide health insurance to undocumented immigrants under Obamacare “the first California casualty of the Trump presidency,” the Sacramento Bee reports. The Golden State has been pursuing a controversial federal government waiver that would open up health coverage to as many as 390,000 undocumented adults in California. Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill to that effect last summer. Click here to subscribe to Brainstorm Health Daily, our brand new newsletter about health innovations. But final…

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Idea Offers 3GB Free Data With New Plan to 4G Users

Idea Cellular has announced a new offer under which it is offering 3GB of additional mobile data to customers who switch to new 4G handsets. This comes a week after market leader Airtel offered a similar plan to get users to move its 4G network. “While all Idea customers will now get free data bundled in the plans, customers with 4G handsets will get even more data benefits on the new plans,” Idea said in a statement. Under the new Idea bundled 4G data offer, existing prepaid 4G handset customers…

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Republicans: you have to pass our health care plan to find out what’s in it

The most ill-advised remark of the fight to pass Obamacare arguably came from then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy,” she said. That “fog of controversy” bit — which is usually dropped from recitations of Pelosi’s quote — reveals what she was actually saying, which was that once the fight over the law’s passage died down, the American people would find there was quite a lot to like in it. But Republicans…

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The Health Care Plan Trump Voters Really Want

This week Republicans in Congress began their effort to repeal and potentially replace the Affordable Care Act. But after listening to working-class supporters of Donald J. Trump — people who are enrolled in the very health care marketplaces created by the law — one comes away feeling that the Washington debate is sadly disconnected from the concerns of working people. Those voters have been disappointed by Obamacare, but they could be even more disappointed by Republican alternatives to replace it. They have no strong ideological views about repealing and replacing…

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5 questions to ask before choosing a health plan

It’s open enrollment season, the time of year when we need to sort through confusing options and try to predict how often we’ll get sick next year. Some people, especially those shopping for plans on the Obamacare insurance exchanges are facing bigger price tags. Rolling over into the same plan may not be an option for people who learned that their plans are being eliminated or that their premiums are doubling. Workers who get insurance through their jobs may also find new options for next year, such as telemedicine services,…

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What’s worse? Visiting the dentist or picking a health insurance plan?

About one-fourth of consumers would rather file their taxes than go through the ordeal of selecting a health insurance plan, according to a recent UnitedHealthcaresurvey. About 28 percent would rather get a teeth cleaning. But this month, many Americans will have no choice but to begin the often-reviled exercise of choosing insurance for next year — a task made particularly painful by rising prices and, in some cases, fewer choices. According to several recent surveys, yet another reason may be behind consumers’ anxiety when it comes to choosing coverage: They…

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UN: World leaders adopt plan to enhance protections for refugees and migrants

Education International attended the United Nations’ General Assembly’s first-ever Summit for Refugees and Migrants, which reasserted the need to protect refugees and migrants’ rights, including their right to education.   With more people forced to flee their homes than at any time since World War II, world leaders came together at the United Nations (UN) on 19 September to adopt the New York Declaration. The Declaration expresses their political will to protect the rights of refugees and migrants, to save lives, and share responsibility for large movements of people on…

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