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Lawmakers change course on Medicaid reform

| December 10, 2014 | 2 Comments

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, December 9, 2014. State House leaders and medical providers appear to have won the latest round in the battle over Medicaid reform, but it’s a debate that’s far from over. Just last week, a special Medicaid reform subcommittee voted with Senate leaders to approve a report recommending the inclusion of managed-care […]

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NC health insurance rates vary widely, depending on where you live

| December 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

by John Murawski and David Raynor, News and Observer, December 6, 2014. A smoker of two packs of cigarettes a day, Karen Carlton is looking at a $684 monthly health insurance bill starting in January. Her affection for Misty Menthol Silvers will cost Carlton $114 a month more than a nonsmoker would pay for the […]

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Old differences remain in Medicaid reform

| December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, December 2, 2014. Lawmakers have not bridged the disagreements that forced the General Assembly to abandon efforts last summer to reform the North Carolina’s $14 billion Medicaid health insurance system for the poor and disabled. A key oversight subcommittee offered a report Tuesday that sketches the broad strokes of a reform […]

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NC rising health insurance rates demand smart strategies

| November 24, 2014 | 3 Comments

by Ann Doss Helms, Charlotte Observer, November 21, 2014. People renewing health insurance bought on the Affordable Care Act exchange are seeing higher rate increases in Charlotte and North Carolina than most places across the country, a flurry of national analyses show. For instance, a  Kaiser Family Foundation look at the largest city in each state found […]

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Prospects to expand Medicaid in 2015 dim for NC

| November 19, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Lynn Bonner, News and Observer, November 18, 2014. Any plan Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration presents for expanding Medicaid would have a tough time getting through the state legislature. A key House member said Tuesday it would probably be premature to consider expanding Medicaid next year with the future of the federal health care law […]

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Turmoil in Medicare Advantage hits NC seniors hard

| November 19, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Ann Doss Helms, News and Observer, November 19, 2014. North Carolina senior citizens who choose private Medicare policies are seeing an unusual level of turmoil this year, with more than 57,000 notified their plans won’t be offered in 2015 and others seeing rates more than triple. The upheaval involves Medicare Advantage, a program that […]

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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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