Bob Herman Sep 12
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Centene buys Fidelis Care for $3.75 billion

Centene is spending almost $4 billion to buy a New York health insurer. Photo: Jeff Roberson / AP

Centene is acquiring Fidelis Care, a health insurance company sponsored by Catholic dioceses in New York, for $3.75 billion. The deal would give Centene its first presence in New York and immediately beef up Centene's already large Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Affordable Care Act exchange businesses.

Why it matters: Centene bought Health Net in 2016, and it's expanding rapidly on the ACA marketplaces. Centene is one of the largest health care companies most people have never heard of, mostly because it covers low-income people and has numerous subsidiaries with different names.

The big question: Whether the deal will change Fidelis Care's policy of not providing abortion and other reproductive services within its health benefits.

Steve LeVine 2 hours ago
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Self-driving lab head urges freeze after "nightmare" fatality

Uber self-driving car in Pittsburgh. Photo: Jeff Swensen / Getty

Carmakers and technology companies should freeze their race to field autonomous vehicles because "clearly the technology is not where it needs to be," said Raj Rajkumar, head of Carnegie Mellon University's leading self-driving laboratory.

What he said: Speaking a few hours after a self-driven vehicle ran over and killed a pedestrian in Arizona, Rajkumar said, "This isn't like a bug with your phone. People can get killed. Companies need to take a deep breath. The technology is not there yet. We need to keep people in the loop."

Stef W. Kight 51 mins ago
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Mississippi now has the nation's most restrictive abortion laws

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on the floor at Republican National Convention Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant just signed a law that bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, according to the AP.

Why it matters: This is now the most restrictive abortion law in the country, and the state's one abortion clinic is preparing to challenge the move in court, according to CBS.