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McCrory assessing Medicaid expansion

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Emery Dalesio, News and Observer, October 30, 2014. Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday he’s weighing whether to expand Medicaid, the health insurance plan for the poor and disabled, adding to signs that state Republican leaders may reconsider their opposition to extending the social program. In addition to shaping a plan for networks of physicians […]

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More hospital consolidation expected

| October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Richard Craver, Winston-Salem Journal, published in Greensboro News-Record, October 27, 2014. Shrinking revenue streams, particularly the squeeze on federal and state reimbursement rates, are compelling more health-care systems to enter some form of merger or cost-savings partnership, according to Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services. “The merger trend among not-for-profit health-care providers is in full […]

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13% increase in Blue Cross ACA rates

| October 23, 2014 | 3 Comments

by John Murawski, News and Observer, October 22, 2014. Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the state’s biggest health insurer, said Wednesday that rates under the Affordable Care Act next year will increase by 13.5 percent on average, providing the first glimpse of how insurance coverage will play out next year under the federal health care […]

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Tillis: NC should consider expanding Medicaid

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Craig Jarvis, News and Observer, October 21, 2014. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis covered familiar ground in an appearance on a cable TV news show carried live Tuesday night: calling for fewer regulations and more security on immigration, terrorism and health issues. He did offer more specifics on abortion, saying states should have […]

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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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