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Hospitals fight bill that would open NC medical market

| April 16, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Ames Alexander, Charlotte Observer, April 16, 2015. An influential state senator wants to repeal laws that were designed to curb health care costs, arguing that they have actually accomplished the opposite. A bill introduced by Sen. Tom Apodaca, the Henderson County Republican who chairs the Senate Rules Committee, would eliminate the state’s certificate-of-need laws. Intended […]

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Audit shows DHHS financial picture improving

| April 14, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Richard Craver, Winston-Salem Journal, April 13, 2015. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services received a mixed checkup from the State Auditor’s Office on Monday in the first detailed financial audit of the department in nearly 20 years. It came at the request of legislators from both parties who have questioned fiscal 2013-14 […]

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After SPIN! – “What are Democrats trying to accomplish with Medicaid expansion bill?”

| April 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

After SPIN! Video – Question to Dan Blue: Senate Democrats have introduced a bill to expand Medicaid in our state, saying “Medicaid expansion is not just about providing health care to the over 500,000 uninsured North Carolinians that would benefit from this legislation, but it is about bringing jobs to the state, and giving both […]

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Legislators file competing Medicaid bills

| April 1, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Richard Carver, Winston-Salem Journal, March 31, 2015. The intensity of the legislative debate over reform of the state’s $14 billion Medicaid program grew more heated with the introduction of several bills that conflict with their missions. The program covers about 1.9 million North Carolinians. House Bill 372 and Senate Bill 574 serve as placeholders […]

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Accountable Care Organizations: The next level of health care

| March 30, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Paige Rentz, Fayetteville Observer, March 29, 2015. In New Bern, George Anderson’s diabetes and other health problems have robbed him of his mobility, turning his wife into a caretaker. But Barbara Bostian has stepped in to make their lives better. In Greensboro, a diabetic woman made 132 trips to the emergency room in one […]

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Senators target religious exemptions for vaccines

| March 20, 2015 | 3 Comments

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, March 19, 2015. A bill filed Thursday by three senators would repeal the state’s religious exemption for vaccines. Senate Bill 346, sponsored by Sens. Jeff Tarte R-Mecklenburg, Tamara Barringer, R-Wake, and Terry Van Duyn, D-Buncombe, would also add influenza B and polio to the list of required vaccinations for school enrollment, […]

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NC has big stake in health subsidies

| March 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Ann Doss Helms, Charlotte Observer, March 12, 2015. North Carolina’s political leaders may not like the Affordable Care Act, but a large and growing number of residents rely on it for health insurance. Only Florida, California and Texas have more people getting subsidized coverage than North Carolina, according to a new government report on 2015 […]

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House bill aims to reduce healthcare regulations

| March 12, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Colin Campbell, News and Observer, March 11, 2015. Rep. Marilyn Avila has filed legislation to reduce regulation facing health care facilities, arguing a change is needed to improve patient options and lower costs. House Bill 200 is similar to a bill Avila, a Raleigh Republican, filed last session. The previous bill passed the House by […]

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ECU Med school needs more funding

| February 24, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Martha Quillin, News and Observer, February 23, 2015. Administrators for the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University say the state must increase funding for the medical school so it can keep cranking out family doctors for rural North Carolina and so its clinics can continue to treat Eastern North Carolina residents, especially […]

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Chancellor: ECU Med School might be forced to close within 5 years

| February 6, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Josh Birch, WNCT-TV, February 4, 2015. The Brody School of Medicine is in serious financial trouble after several years of incurring millions of dollars in losses. Just last year, Brody lost $14 million, due in large part to state restrictions on how they can receive federal money and the inability to collect debts. ECU […]

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