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Lawmakers not yet sold on Medicaid expansion

| October 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Dan Way, Carolina Journal, October 16, 2014. State Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos has been crisscrossing the state with an optimistic message that she is preparing to recommend Medicaid expansion for North Carolina to Gov. Pat McCrory. But two key lawmakers with oversight responsibility of her agency made it clear that, […]

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Healthcare is going through a once-in-a-lifetime transformation

| September 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

By Roger A. Robertson, president of Vidant Community Hospitals, published in The Daily Reflector, September 27, 2014. The American health care system is going through a once-in-a-lifetime transformation. Many of these changes are for the better. In the state of North Carolina, these changes are playing out in ways that are quite evident but not […]

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Healthcare insurance premiums about to surge

| September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Dan Way, Carolina Journal, September 23, 2014. A sizable number of North Carolina residents are learning they are no longer eligible for Obamacare, and some health policy premiums could jump 60 percent within two years, an insurance official says. Rufus Langley, an Apex insurance agent and state leader of the North Carolina Association of […]

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DHHS reviews options for Medicaid expansion

| September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Gary Robertson, Associated Press, published in News and Observer, September 18, 2014. North Carolina’s health secretary said Wednesday her agency is collecting information for Gov. Pat McCrory to offer him possible ways to expand Medicaid coverage to more people under the federal health care overhaul. The Republican-led General Assembly and McCrory declined to accept […]

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Senior DHHS Medicaid policy developer leaving for would-be contractor, taking playbook with her

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, August 27, 2014. A senior state policy official who helped develop Gov. Pat McCrory’s Medicaid reform plan is going to work for WellCare, a company that has an interest in how the state rewrites its health insurance system for the poor and disabled. Margaret “Mardy” Peal will leave her post at […]

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Medicaid reform could cut deep at rural hospitals

| August 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Katelyn Ferral, News and Observer, August 6, 2014. Whenever Medicaid cuts filter down from the legislature in Raleigh to small-town and rural hospitals such as Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton, the pain is acutely felt. Although they disagree on just how to reform North Carolina’s Medicaid program, lawmakers know they want to upend […]

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“Family Physicians” – Dr. Conrad Flick

| August 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

This NC SPIN Perspectives interview is with Dr. Conrad Flick, Family Physician in Private Practice. In this video Dr. Flick speaks to the future of Family medicine, benefits of whole care system, and the reimbursement rate.

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NC Senate votes for Medicaid overhaul

| July 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Lynn Bonner, News and Observer, July 24, 2014. A major Medicaid overhaul that largely disregards the wishes of health care providers, the state House and Gov. Pat McCrory won overwhelming support in the state Senate on Thursday in a 28-17 vote. The overhaul would introduce to the state commercial managed care for Medicaid patients, […]

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NC to decide on new health insurance option for some state workers

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jane Stancill, News and Observer, July 21, 2014. A question still to be settled in state budget negotiations is how to provide health insurance to thousands of state employees who will be newly eligible for coverage starting in January under the Affordable Care Act. The issue has been a concern for months, as state […]

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Senate Medicaid overhaul provisions draw criticism

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Lynn Bonner, News and Observer, July 16, 2014. A new Senate plan to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program drew immediate fire from doctors and hospitals who do not like that the proposal would open the state to commercial managed care for people using the government insurance. The legislature is trying to change Medicaid so […]

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