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NC to decide on new health insurance option for some state workers

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
NC to decide on new health insurance option for some state workers

by Jane Stancill, News and Observer, July 21, 2014. A question still to be settled in state budget negotiations is how to provide health insurance to thousands of state employees who will be newly eligible for coverage starting in January under the Affordable Care Act. The issue has been a concern for months, as state […]

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Senate Medicaid overhaul provisions draw criticism

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
Senate Medicaid overhaul provisions draw criticism

by Lynn Bonner, News and Observer, July 16, 2014. A new Senate plan to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program drew immediate fire from doctors and hospitals who do not like that the proposal would open the state to commercial managed care for people using the government insurance. The legislature is trying to change Medicaid so […]

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Charlotte 6th most expensive healthcare in nation

| July 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
Charlotte 6th most expensive healthcare in nation

by Megan Cassella, Charlotte Observer, July 11, 2014. Healthcare costs in Charlotte are the sixth-most expensive in the nation, according to a new list published by Forbes Magazine. The calculations are based on data comparing the average costs of preventive primary care visits as well as three standard procedures: CT scans of the head and brain, MRIs […]

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Pay for Medicaid doctors headed for ‘especially big cliff’

| July 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
Pay for Medicaid doctors headed for ‘especially big cliff’

by Tyler Dukes, WRAL, July 11, 2014. Family doctors in North Carolina are bracing for a looming deadline that will slash the amount they’re paid for the treatment of the state’s poor and disabled. On Jan. 1, a two-pronged state and federal cut to Medicaid reimbursement rates will mean a drop in payments of 15 […]

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NC Medicaid office in disarray

| July 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
NC Medicaid office in disarray

by Joseph Neff, News and Observer, July 5, 2014. On May 14, Gov. Pat McCrory rolled out his proposed state budget, a spending blueprint supported in part by an unusual scheme designed to snag an extra $60 million from federal taxpayers. The plan was complicated, involving matching state and federal Medicaid dollars, but one detail […]

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Medicaid: Is ‘broken’ a bad rap?

| July 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Medicaid: Is ‘broken’ a bad rap?

by Lynn Bonner, News and Observer, July 4, 2014. It was a quick sound bite, but it has resounded through state politics. “We have a broken Medicaid system that is not ready to go,” Gov. Pat McCrory told a group of business leaders about a month after he took office early last year. “We have […]

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Accurate Medicaid numbers like nailing Jello to a tree

| June 20, 2014 | 1 Comment
Accurate Medicaid numbers like nailing Jello to a tree

by Joseph Neff, News and Observer, June 19, 2014. A behind-the-scenes tussle between two conservative North Carolina institutions – the state Senate and state Budget Director Art Pope – surfaced Thursday, as Senate leaders repeatedly asked why Pope and his staff didn’t show up to answer questions about Medicaid. The Senate called a budget meeting […]

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House Medicaid plan makes providers responsible for cost overruns by 2020

| June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
House Medicaid plan makes providers responsible for cost overruns by 2020

by Lynn Bonner and Joseph Neff, Charlotte Observer, June 19, 2014. The McCrory administration, House Republicans, doctors and hospitals took a major step toward significant changes in the state’s $13 billion Medicaid program by agreeing to move toward a system where providers would be responsible for nearly all overspending in the program. Under a proposal […]

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House Medicaid proposal embraces Governor’s plan

| June 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
House Medicaid proposal embraces Governor’s plan

by Mark Binker, WRAL, June 18, 2014. House leaders plan to roll out a Medicaid reform proposal Thursday afternoon that largely embraces the approach taken by Gov. Pat McCrory for reforming the state’s health insurance system for the poor and disabled. HB 1181 (2014): House Medicaid Reform PlanThe draft three-page bill was distributed to members of […]

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McCrory says Medicaid budget has $60 million shortfall

| June 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
McCrory says Medicaid budget has $60 million shortfall

by Joseph Neff, News and Observer, June 3, 2014. Federal regulators have rejected a plan from Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration to tax some managed-care Medicaid providers as a way to draw down more federal money for the state budget. The result is a $60 million hole in the Medicaid budget that McCrory acknowledged Tuesday – […]

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