Good morning — and for those who celebrate the holiday, Merry Christmas!
Weather: Dry, foggy in places, highs in the 40s. The National Weather Service forecast.
Fund For The Needy: As you open your gifts today, your thoughts likely to turn to others who have a bit less. Today, in our series of stories covering organizations that receive support from your donations to The Seattle Times’ Fund For The Needy, reporter Emily Heffter takes a look at Treehouse. This nonprofit provides academic and other support to kids in foster care to help them graduate high school at the same rate as their peers — with a plan for the future. Read how one young man has been helped, and see how your small donations can buy things as simple, but perhaps as life-changing as dance or piano lessons for a foster child, or a pair of new shoes.
TV: In between meals and cookies and relatives, there is couch time and “A Christmas Story” running all day on TBS — and of course, NBA overload. But tonight, there is also “Doctor Who” and “The Producers” and its genius musical number, “Springtime for Hitler” — and more. Check Doug Knoop’s and The New York Times’ picks for holiday viewing that include holiday fare and some escapes from the ordinary.
Last-minute shopping rush — for health-insurance: Enrollments in private health plans on Healthplanfinder, the state’s online insurance marketplace, surged past 65,000 as applicants hustled to beat the Monday night deadline for coverage beginning Jan. 1, officials reported Tuesday. Nearly 69,000 others have completed the enrollment process, but haven’t arranged payment, and others — unknown how many — are somewhere in the application process. Health-exchange officials said that 20,000 people enrolled in private health plans from Friday through Monday, with half of those enrolling on Monday. More than 50,000 people visited the site that day alone. Read more about the rush for insurance and the upcoming deadline for coverage that starts later. People have until March 31 to sign up for insurance to avoid penalties under the federal Affordable Care Act.
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