Apr08

Halle Berry Launches Shoe Line in Europe

Categories // Entertainment Monday, 08 April 2013

Oscar–winning actress Halle Berry has partnered with German retailer Deichmann Shoes to create 5th Avenue by Halle Berry, a line of casual, comfortable footwear the actress says “can easily be worn by every woman” and described as “stylish, yet reasonably priced.”

The forty limited edition styles are currently available for purchase in stores in the United Kingdom. It is unknown as to whether or not the line has an imminent release in the United States.

“Women have always loved shoes,” Berry says on her debut into footwear fashion. “It’s like if your hair is not right and your shoes are not right, the woman is not right. If both of them are right, you’re pretty much okay.”

Berry’s shoes range from peep-toe wedges to sandals, at approximately $60 a pair.

Federal Healthcare Law Could Raise California Premiums by 30%

Two new first look studies commissioned by the state of California and a separate government report both offer a detailed estimate of how healthcare costs may affect middle-class workers the hardest.

The government report states that about 570,000 Californians who have annual incomes between 250% and 400% of the federal poverty line and have individual policies now will pay 47% less, on average, due to federal subsidies.

The state estimate known as Covered California offer the first look at how healthcare costs may change for millions of Californians next year and the various factors that will affect families' overall medical expenses.

“Health insurance will become relatively less expensive for people with chronic conditions and relatively more expensive for healthier people,” said Robert G. Cosway, an actuary at Milliman, a large consulting firm that prepared the report.

The study is significant because California is far ahead of most states in setting up a competitive marketplace, or exchange, where people can buy insurance this fall.

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