While NPR's Melissa Block is in Brazil, we'll be showcasing the work of several Brazilian writers. On Tuesday we heard Tatiana Salem Levy's love letter to Rio. Now we turn to 20-year-old Yasmin Thayná, who discovered her love for writing as a teenager when she participated in a local program aimed at cultivating artistic talent in low-income communities.
American companies including Walgreens, Sears Holdings Corporation and Darden Restaurants — the owner of Red Lobster, Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse — have announced plans to shift employees from traditional company-based health plans to private exchanges.
Under the new structure, companies will provide employees with money to buy their own health insurance.
Starting next year, Duke Energy’s 14,500 retirees will no longer have a company-run health insurance program. Instead they’ll get a stipend from the company, which they can use to buy their own health insurance.
Duke joins large companies including IBM, General Electric, Time Warner, DuPont and Caterpillar that are moving retirees off company-run health plans and offering a direct subsidy.