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Lawmakers examine insurers’ effort to control drug prices

| December 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, December 14, 2015. A new state House committee on Monday began considering whether North Carolina should regulate how insurance companies restrict the use of expensive drugs to save money. Step therapy, also known as fail first, requires that patients start with cheaper drugs, even if their doctors prescribe something else. The […]

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McCrory urges parents, children to discuss underage drinking

| December 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Dan Way, Carolina Journal, December 8, 2015. Gov. Pat McCrory last week pleaded with parents across North Carolina to talk to their children about underage consumption of alcohol. “This is an issue that we’ve got to tackle at the kitchen table and at the point of sale,” McCrory said during a Dec. 1 press […]

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NC violated settlement over mental health services

| November 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Tyler Dukes, WRAL, November 23, 2015. Officials from the U.S. Department of Justice told North Carolina leaders this month that the state isn’t doing enough to help keep people with serious mental illnesses in their local communities and out of more restrictive housing. In a Nov. 6 letter to Attorney General Roy Cooper and state […]

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1 in 3 two year-olds have not received all recommended childhood vaccines

| November 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

by WRAL TechWire, November 20, 2015. Approximately 34 percent of children in the United States do not receive all doses of vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) by age two, according to a new study by researchers at RTI Health Solutions, a business unit of RTI International. This is consistent with […]

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DHHS discloses second Medicaid data breach

| November 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Matthew Burns, WRAL, November 13, 2015. The state Department of Health and Human Services revealed Friday that a staffer potentially compromised the confidential health information of hundreds of Medicaid patients, marking the second time in recent months this has happened. Officials said they have installed software to prevent similar data breaches in the future. […]

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Direct primary care seen as an alternative to insurance

| November 12, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Dan Way, Carolina Journal, November 12, 2015. Amy Walsh remembers vividly the day she quit her job as primary-care doctor at a medical practice to seek a better way to provide health care. In a few weeks she will join nearly a dozen direct primary care family practices in North Carolina that deliver primary […]

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Medicaid expansion proponents ‘die’ outside Capitol

| October 29, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Adam Owens and Mark Binker, WRAL, October 28, 2015. Demonstrators say the refusal by state lawmakers to expand Medicaid is killing thousands of North Carolinians. To illustrate their point, dozens of protesters carrying cutouts of tombstones held a “die-in” outside the State Capitol on Wednesday afternoon before marching to the governor’s mansion. “The denial […]

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Proposal to cut food stamp benefits will hit rural areas hard

| October 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, October 2, 2015. A bill on Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk would mean less food assistance for unemployed people. Supporters say the measure would encourage the jobless to look harder for work, but critics say it would increase hunger, especially in rural areas.  House Bill 318 would end Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program […]

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Feds launch investigation into DHHS contracts, hiring

| September 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Tyler Dukes, Mark Binker and Laura Leslie, WRAL, September 25, 2015. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has launched an investigation into high-dollar consulting contracts and salary payments at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. According to documents provided by DHHS on Friday afternoon, U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker subpoenaed the department for information […]

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McCrory signs Medicaid reform bill

| September 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Dan Way, Carolina Journal, September 24, 2015. After several major revisions, Medicaid reform that had delayed budget approvals during recent years passed the General Assembly on Tuesday. Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday signed the measure. “Under the current system, we wait until people get sick to provide care and pay for tests — not […]

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