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PPOs, Shrimping Woes, and WWE’s Booker T: Thursday’s Show (November 19, 2015)

If you’re one of many Houstonians who purchased health insurance through the federal exchange established by the Affordable Care Act, or in the individual market, there’s a certain kind of health care plan no longer available from most major insurance companies in Greater Houston for 2016. Preferred Provider Organization plans, or PPOs, are often more […]

If you’re one of many Houstonians who purchased health insurance through the federal exchange established by the Affordable Care Act, or in the individual market, there’s a certain kind of health care plan no longer available from most major insurance companies in Greater Houston for 2016.

Preferred Provider Organization plans, or PPOs, are often more expensive but offer patients more choices in doctors and health care facilities. Come next year, those plans will still be available through many employers who offer health insurance, but hard to find for individuals. On today’s Houston Matters, producer Michael Hagerty talks with Houston Chronicle writer Jenny Deam about health care consumers affected by the change.

Also this hour: Times are tough for shrimpers along the Gulf Coast. Growing competition from importers has driven prices down to a fraction of what they were just a year ago, despite health concerns about illegal antibiotic-laced farm-raised shrimp from Asia. We learn more about the toll taken on the Gulf Coast’s shrimping industry.

Plus: News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee presents the latest installment of Inside the Classroom. We learn about an upcoming summit focused on health care needs and challenges for Asian Americans in Houston. And producer Maggie Martin talks with professional wrestling Hall of Famer and Houston native Booker T Huffman, Jr.

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