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Audit shows CCNC saves state money

| August 21, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Mark Binker, WRAL, August 20, 2015. One of North Carolina’s long-running efforts to tamp down the cost of caring for patients in the state’s Medicaid health insurance system is working, according to a report published by the Office of State Auditor on Thursday. During a 10-year period between 2003 and 2012, Community Care of North Carolina, […]

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Negotiators say they will pursue ‘hybrid’ model for Medicaid reform

| August 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, August 19, 2015. Negotiators for the House and the Senate say a deal on Medicaid is within reach now that House Republicans have tentatively agreed to adopt a “hybrid” insurance model similar to one the Senate put forward earlier this month. “I think we’re close to getting something done,” said Sen. Louis Pate, […]

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Senate could send Medicaid reform bill to House today

| August 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Dan Way, Carolina Journal, August 11, 2015. The Senate on Monday night gave preliminary approval to House Bill 372, the Medicaid Transformation Act, by a 38-10 vote after a dispute over rules and decorum and a testy debate over whether this legislation would make expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act more likely. The […]

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Senate offers reworked Medicaid plan

| August 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, August 6, 2015. North Carolina would create a new department to run its health insurance program for the poor and disabled under a bill the Senate Health Care Committee rolled out Thursday. The measure represents the latest ante in a long-running disagreement between leaders in the Senate, the House and Gov. […]

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Supreme Court ruling brings Medicaid, expansion into focus

| June 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, June 25, 2015. The U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold a key provision of the federal Affordable Care Act means Gov. Pat McCrory has a big health care decision of his own to make: whether to expand North Carolina’s Medicaid program. McCrory’s administration has been mulling expansion since last year but has declined […]

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House leaders try again on Medicaid reform

| June 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, June 10, 2015. State House leaders were on familiar ground Wednesday as they unveiled this year’s Medicaid reform proposal. The plan looks very much like their 2014 proposal, which the Senate refused to consider. The six-page bill, released Tuesday evening, proposes to allow Medicaid to be run by provider-led entities, or […]

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McCrory to sign abortion bill

| June 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Adam Owens, WRAL, June 3, 2015. Gov. Pat McCrory will sign a bill into law that extends the waiting period for women seeking abortions from 24 to 72 hours. McCrory made the announcement hours after the House gave final approval to the measure. “Working with House and Senate members, we ensured that contact, including […]

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Florida MCOs demanding more money, creating budget headaches

| May 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Christine Jordan Sexton, SaintPetersBlog, May 27, 2015. Amid an ongoing dust-up over Florida’s healthcare spending, there are troubling signs that one of the reforms touted by Gov. Rick Scott may not be saving taxpayers money as initially promised. Scott signed into law in 2011 a measure that shifted Florida’s 3 million plus Medicaid patients into managed […]

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Politics battles principles in CON debate

| May 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Dan Way, Carolina Journal, May 28, 2015. The conflict conservative legislators face between satisfying constituents and staying true to free-market principles is playing out in the debate over the scope of North Carolina’s certificate of need law, a set of rules governing where a host of medical facilities — diagnostic centers, psychiatric beds, and […]

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ER visits on the rise in Carolinas, US

| May 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Liv Osby, Asheville Citizen-Times, May 26, 2015. Visits to hospital emergency rooms are on the rise in the Carolinas and around the country, with experts pointing to the physician shortage and Obamacare as possible reasons. One in five Americans goes to the ER at least once a year, according to RAND Corp., an independent, […]

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