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State regulators to examine Blue Cross operations

| February 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Renee Chou and Laura Leslie, WRAL, February 11, 2016. North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin said Thursday that his agency is launching an examination of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina as customers continue to experience problems with the insurer. The Department of Insurance plans to monitor Blue Cross’ compliance with state laws and regulations, […]

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NC Medicaid $181 million under budget at mid-year

| February 10, 2016 | 1 Comment

by, February 9, 2016. North Carolina’s Medicaid finances are continuing to run under budget thanks to essentially flat enrollment growth and less-than-anticipated medical expenses and use of services. The Division of Medical Assistance told a General Assembly oversight committee Tuesday state spending on Medicaid was $181 million below the nearly $2 billion set aside […]

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Issues with Blue Cross continue to grow

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Adam Owens, WRAL, February 4, 2016. Hundreds of people are still having issues with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina five weeks into 2016. The problems are now impacting the state’s Department of Insurance.1 The Department of Insurance said it received more than 850 complaints in the last month, which is more than […]

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Goodwin: Obamacare driving insurers from N.C.

| February 5, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Dan Way, Carolina Journal, February 5, 2016. State Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin is concerned that insurers “have left health insurance markets in droves due to the increased burdens” of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, and that insurers could completely pull out of North Carolina’s individual health insurance market, leaving thousands uninsured. Goodwin offered […]

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Lawmakers examine insurers’ effort to control drug prices

| December 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, December 14, 2015. A new state House committee on Monday began considering whether North Carolina should regulate how insurance companies restrict the use of expensive drugs to save money. Step therapy, also known as fail first, requires that patients start with cheaper drugs, even if their doctors prescribe something else. The […]

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McCrory urges parents, children to discuss underage drinking

| December 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Dan Way, Carolina Journal, December 8, 2015. Gov. Pat McCrory last week pleaded with parents across North Carolina to talk to their children about underage consumption of alcohol. “This is an issue that we’ve got to tackle at the kitchen table and at the point of sale,” McCrory said during a Dec. 1 press […]

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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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