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Two more states have released proposed Affordable Care Act premiums over the past few days. The results are a mixed bag.

The details: In Kentucky, both of the insurers in the state's individual market are seeking premium hikes. In Florida, nine insurers want to sell policies in the state's individual market, including seven who want to sell on its ACA exchange.

Kentucky:

  • Anthem is proposing an average rate increase of just 3.5%, and is planning to expand into 17 counties where it didn't sell coverage this year.
  • Take that expansion with a grain of salt, though — Anthem pulled out of 61 counties between 2017 and 2018. Moving back into 17 of them still bypasses a lot of the state.
  • CareSource proposed an average increase of 19%. It said about 5% of that comes from the growth in medical costs, while the rest is a result of decisions from Washington — namely, the repeal of the individual mandate.

Florida:

  • They're seeking an average premium increase of 8.8%.
  • Cigna is the outlier, seeking hikes of 30%. However, Cigna is only planning to sell outside the exchange and, according to its rate filing, the company only expects 269 people to be affected by its premium hikes next year.

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Supreme Court agrees to hear challenges to Texas abortion law

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The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas case, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's ban on abortions after 15 weeks.

Officials warn 5 key tech sectors will determine whether China overtakes U.S.

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U.S. intelligence officials responsible for protecting advanced technologies have narrowed their focus to five key sectors: artificial intelligence, quantum computing, biotechnology, semiconductors and autonomous systems.

Why it matters: China and Russia are employing a variety of legal and illegal methods to undermine and overtake U.S. dominance in these critical industries, officials warned in a new paper. Their success will determine "whether America remains the world’s leading superpower or is eclipsed by strategic competitors."

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Pfizer and BioNTech said their COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective at protecting children between the ages of 5 and 11 from symptomatic infections from the virus, according to a study posted online by the FDA Friday.

Why it matters: Pfizer is seeking an emergency use authorization to vaccinate children — one of the last groups of Americans still largely ineligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine.