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NC violated settlement over mental health services

| November 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Tyler Dukes, WRAL, November 23, 2015. Officials from the U.S. Department of Justice told North Carolina leaders this month that the state isn’t doing enough to help keep people with serious mental illnesses in their local communities and out of more restrictive housing. In a Nov. 6 letter to Attorney General Roy Cooper and state […]

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1 in 3 two year-olds have not received all recommended childhood vaccines

| November 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

by WRAL TechWire, November 20, 2015. Approximately 34 percent of children in the United States do not receive all doses of vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) by age two, according to a new study by researchers at RTI Health Solutions, a business unit of RTI International. This is consistent with […]

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DHHS discloses second Medicaid data breach

| November 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Matthew Burns, WRAL, November 13, 2015. The state Department of Health and Human Services revealed Friday that a staffer potentially compromised the confidential health information of hundreds of Medicaid patients, marking the second time in recent months this has happened. Officials said they have installed software to prevent similar data breaches in the future. […]

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Direct primary care seen as an alternative to insurance

| November 12, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Dan Way, Carolina Journal, November 12, 2015. Amy Walsh remembers vividly the day she quit her job as primary-care doctor at a medical practice to seek a better way to provide health care. In a few weeks she will join nearly a dozen direct primary care family practices in North Carolina that deliver primary […]

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Medicaid expansion proponents ‘die’ outside Capitol

| October 29, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Adam Owens and Mark Binker, WRAL, October 28, 2015. Demonstrators say the refusal by state lawmakers to expand Medicaid is killing thousands of North Carolinians. To illustrate their point, dozens of protesters carrying cutouts of tombstones held a “die-in” outside the State Capitol on Wednesday afternoon before marching to the governor’s mansion. “The denial […]

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Proposal to cut food stamp benefits will hit rural areas hard

| October 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, October 2, 2015. A bill on Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk would mean less food assistance for unemployed people. Supporters say the measure would encourage the jobless to look harder for work, but critics say it would increase hunger, especially in rural areas.  House Bill 318 would end Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program […]

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Feds launch investigation into DHHS contracts, hiring

| September 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Tyler Dukes, Mark Binker and Laura Leslie, WRAL, September 25, 2015. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has launched an investigation into high-dollar consulting contracts and salary payments at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. According to documents provided by DHHS on Friday afternoon, U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker subpoenaed the department for information […]

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McCrory signs Medicaid reform bill

| September 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Dan Way, Carolina Journal, September 24, 2015. After several major revisions, Medicaid reform that had delayed budget approvals during recent years passed the General Assembly on Tuesday. Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday signed the measure. “Under the current system, we wait until people get sick to provide care and pay for tests — not […]

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Struggling rural hospitals could be helped by bill

| September 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Dan Way, Carolina Journal, September 23, 2015. Two rural hospitals could be reopened under state legislation that includes the first substantive reform of North Carolina’s certificate of need regulation. Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven could be the first beneficiary of the legislative change to the state CON law contained in an amended version of House […]

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NC 4th highest in subsidized plans under Affordable Care Act

| September 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Emory Dalesio, Associated Press, published on, September 8, 2015. Demand remained high this year in North Carolina for subsidized health insurance policies purchased under provisions of the federal overhaul law pushed by President Barack Obama, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday. Nearly 460,000 North Carolina residents were paying for […]

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