Photo Getty Images Caption: Newcastle Knights full-back Kalyn Ponga Knights chief executive Philip Gardner this week stated that the Broncos are a “bigger” threat than New Zealand Rugby as he strives to tie Ponga down to a new deal.The 21-year-old Queensland State of Origin full-back, who has made no secret of his desire to play for the All Blacks, is contracted until the end of next year, so he will be a free agent to NRL clubs on November 1 if Newcastle cannot agree an extension.Broncos coach Seibold rates Ponga highly, but says salary-cap restrictions would make a move for the livewire Knights man unlikely.”If we had open slather of course I’d go for Kalyn Ponga because he’s an outstanding player but every club has got a salary cap and it is not like the [English] Premier League where you can pay what you want for a player,” Seibold said.”Certainly Kalyn hasn’t been in any conversation [with the Broncos]. I think any club in the competition would want someone like Kalyn in their group regardless of what position he plays.”We certainly haven’t spoken about him so I am not sure where that came from. We are guided by a salary cap, so that is pie in the sky sort of stuff.”
This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. State Regulators Explore Options On Insurance Plan Cancellations Oregon regulators rejected calls to push back the cancellation dates of 140,000 health insurance policies in the state, even as momentum to delay the cancellations builds among California officials and some national Democratic figures. Meanwhile, PBS NewsHour explores the reasons for the cancellations of policies which are sold directly to individuals. The Oregonian: Oregon Insurance Commissioner Says State Won’t Delay 2013 Health Coverage CancellationsState regulators have rejected an idea to push back the cancellation dates of more than 140,000 Oregonians’ health insurance policies despite public confusion and momentum among California officials and some national Democratic Party leaders to do so. But despite confidential discussions over the last week between insurance executives and top state officials of potential changes that included a mandatory three-month delay of cancellations, Oregon Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali has decided against the idea for now due to logistical difficulties (Budnick, 11/12). The Associated Press: Calif. Insurance Commissioner: More Than 1M Californians Having Insurance Cancelled Due To ACAHealth insurer Anthem Blue Cross of California has agreed to a two-month extension of about 104,000 individual policies after failing to give the required 90-day cancellation notice, state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced Tuesday. The policies had been set to expire on Dec. 31 but will be extended until Feb. 28 for those who choose to re-enroll. Notices informing customers of the extension will be sent out this week, Anthem said (11/12).PBS NewsHour: Understanding Why Americans’ Insurance Plans Are Being Canceled Despite being happy with her health care plan, Deborah Persico of Washington, D.C., received notice that her insurance policy was being canceled. To understand some setbacks and some successes of the law Judy Woodruff speaks with Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News (Woodruff, 11/12).