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State Health Plan emphasizing primary care to keep costs down

| April 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Leyla Santiago, WRAL, April 28, 2016. The board governing North Carolina’s State Health Plan voted Wednesday to tweak one of its more popular insurance plans but reaffirmed that it has dropped an earlier proposal to scrap the plan. Roughly 280,000 plan members use what’s called the 80/20 option, which requires enrollees to pay 20 […]

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McCrory announces limited Medicaid expansion

| April 12, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Dan Way, Carolina Journal, April 12, 2016. Gov. Pat McCrory announced Monday that he plans to expand the state’s Medicaid rolls in several limited areas as part of his Health and Human Services budget priorities, and will continue to seek broader expansion from the White House. McCrory outlined at least $6.6 million in new […]

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DHHS presents details of Medicaid reform plan

| March 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Matt Caulder, Capitol Connection, March 1, 2016. Top Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) officials presented preliminary plans for stabilizing the state’s Medicaid system to state leaders Tuesday, in line with legislation passed last session to transition to provider-led entities (PLEs), prepaid health plans (PHPs) and capitated contracts. The change is meant to […]

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Virginia battle over Certificate of Need laws mirrors N.C.’s

| February 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Katherine Restrepo and Kari Davis, Carolina Journal, February 16, 2016. Virginia may advance reforms in its Certificate of Public Need licensing laws for medical services as early as this week, if a bill removing anti-competition rules for hospitals passes the state’s House, making it eligible for consideration by the Senate. House Bill 193, which deals […]

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State regulators to examine Blue Cross operations

| February 12, 2016 | 1 Comment

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 | 2 Comments

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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