Business Briefs – June 6, 2017

Insurer Anthem Opens Another Hole in ACA Exchange Blanket

One of the nation’s biggest health insurers says it will not return to Ohio’s public insurance exchanges next year, a decision that could open more holes in the Affordable Care Act’s increasingly thin system for helping people buy coverage. Anthem’s decision could leave shoppers in 20 counties without an option for buying individual coverage on the exchange, the only place where people can use an income-based tax credit to help cover the cost of coverage.

Trump Plan to Overhaul Labor Watchdogs Faces Opposition

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businesses and advocates for workers are forming a rare alliance against President Donald Trump’s proposal to overhaul the way the government investigates workplace discrimination. It’s part of what his critics say is a broader swipe at decades of civil rights protections. Mr. Trump wants to merge the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with a lesser-known agency that also enforces laws on equality in the workplace.

Qatar’s Crisis Is Impacting Business and Millions of People

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The political storm surrounding Qatar is affecting business in one of the world’s biggest natural gas producers and travel hubs. Its own people, who rely heavily on food imports, are also feeling the pinch, with many unsure of whether they can continue residing there.