RSSCategory: Healthcare

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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Audit shows CCNC saves state money

| August 21, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Mark Binker, WRAL, August 20, 2015. One of North Carolina’s long-running efforts to tamp down the cost of caring for patients in the state’s Medicaid health insurance system is working, according to a report published by the Office of State Auditor on Thursday. During a 10-year period between 2003 and 2012, Community Care of North Carolina, […]

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Negotiators say they will pursue ‘hybrid’ model for Medicaid reform

| August 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, August 19, 2015. Negotiators for the House and the Senate say a deal on Medicaid is within reach now that House Republicans have tentatively agreed to adopt a “hybrid” insurance model similar to one the Senate put forward earlier this month. “I think we’re close to getting something done,” said Sen. Louis Pate, […]

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Senate could send Medicaid reform bill to House today

| August 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Dan Way, Carolina Journal, August 11, 2015. The Senate on Monday night gave preliminary approval to House Bill 372, the Medicaid Transformation Act, by a 38-10 vote after a dispute over rules and decorum and a testy debate over whether this legislation would make expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act more likely. The […]

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Senate offers reworked Medicaid plan

| August 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, August 6, 2015. North Carolina would create a new department to run its health insurance program for the poor and disabled under a bill the Senate Health Care Committee rolled out Thursday. The measure represents the latest ante in a long-running disagreement between leaders in the Senate, the House and Gov. […]

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Supreme Court ruling brings Medicaid, expansion into focus

| June 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, June 25, 2015. The U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold a key provision of the federal Affordable Care Act means Gov. Pat McCrory has a big health care decision of his own to make: whether to expand North Carolina’s Medicaid program. McCrory’s administration has been mulling expansion since last year but has declined […]

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