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Updated at 5:03 p.m. Thursday April 4 

Lawmakers are again trying to address a practice known as surprise billing. It occurs when a patient goes to an in-network hospital but at some point treated by a doctor who is not a part of the insurer's network. The patient is then billed separately from the out-of-network provider. 

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

North Carolina's largest health insurer will send money back to about 700,000 customers to comply with a provision in the Affordable Care Act.  

Matt Gleason had skipped getting a flu shot for more than a decade.

But after suffering a nasty bout of the virus last winter, he decided to get vaccinated at his Charlotte, N.C., workplace in October. "It was super easy and free," said Gleason, 39, a sales operations analyst.

That is, until Gleason fainted five minutes after getting the shot. Though he came to quickly and had a history of fainting, his colleagues called 911. And when the paramedics sat him up, he began vomiting. That symptom worried him enough to agree to go to the hospital in an ambulance.

Blue Cross Blue Shield NC headquarters in Durham.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

After years of rising prices for Affordable Care Act health insurance plans, many North Carolinians are in for a nice surprise – a price decrease. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina says the state approved its request to lower rates an average of 4.1 percent across the state. In the Charlotte and Gastonia areas premiums could decrease by as much as 16.5 percent. The amount will vary based on the tax credits people qualify for.

Blue Cross Blue Shield NC headquarters in Durham.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Insurance rates could go down next year for some Affordable Care Act participants in North Carolina.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

North Carolina's largest health insurer is clamping down on coverage of opioid prescriptions.

In an earnings call on Thursday, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina said 2017 is the first year it has made money from health insurance plans bought through the federal exchange. The company reported a 7.8 percent increase in its net income ratio for 2017, compared with a 2.2 percent increase over the last five years. 

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

With the new federal tax law, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is going to save a lot of money. The company says it will put the $40 million tax savings and an additional $10 million of other money into community health programs around the state.