2nd day of health insurance rollout is still bumpy
The second day of the new online Health Insurance Marketplace wasn’t much better than the first. Throughout the day, people trying to shop on the website experienced long delays to get to the log-in page, and longer delays getting farther into the process. Navigators in the Columbia area reported little progress getting online, though they reminded that people have six months to sign up for the insurance offered through the Affordable Care Act. BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina reported that no policies for its plans were sold though healthcare.gov on the first day of operation. Consumers’ Choice Health Plan reported that it had indications people were trying to get through to their plans on healthcare.gov but having difficulty.
Amazon hiring thousands of seasonal workers in Lexington, Spartanburg counties
SPARTANBURG Amazon.com is hiring thousands of seasonal workers for its distribution centers in Spartanburg and Lexington counties. The Seattle-based company announced Tuesday the jobs are part of the online retailer’s plans to hire least 70,000 temporary workers nationwide during the holiday season. That’s 40 percent more seasonal workers than the company hired last year. Amazon spokeswoman Kelly Cheeseman says more than 1,000 people will be hired for its Spartanburg County location and thousands will be hired for Lexington County. The seasonal employees will work full-time hours earning up to $11.50 an hour. They are eligible for health care benefits. Cheeseman says some of those jobs could lead to permanent employment.
Automotive tape company plans to hire 150 for new Rock Hill plant
ROCK HILL Coroplast Tape Corp. is planning to put its first U.S. production plant in Rock Hill, creating 150 jobs. The German company announced Wednesday plans to invest $12 million in a York County Spec Building off Interstate 77. The facility will make a range of adhesive and insulating tapes for the automotive industry. Officials expect a 2014 opening.
Bank of America, Wells Fargo still being criticized for mortgage servicing
CHARLOTTE Bank of America and Wells Fargo are still being criticized for their mortgage servicing practices, more than a year and a half after a national settlement intended to force big banks to clean up their act. The New York attorney general announced Wednesday plans to file suit against Wells Fargo & Co., alleging the San Francisco bank is not living up to the terms of a $25 billion national mortgage settlement entered into with large U.S. mortgage servicers last year.
Joey Holleman, The Associated Press and The Charlotte Observer contributed.