Health Care

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After hospitals and doctors offices across North Carolina canceled nonessential procedures and in-person appointments because of the coronavirus pandemic, many nurses and medical staff were laid off or had their hours reduced.

 

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Monday, April 6, 2020

The Affordable Care Act marked its 10th anniversary at a critical time for the country: a pandemic, a severe economic downturn and a presidential race in which health care is a cornerstone issue.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

America spends more on health care on a per capita basis than the rest of the developed world, yet we're getting less care. Dr. Marty Makary says it's time for patients - and his own industry - to take action.

This program originally aired Sept. 12, 2019

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Medical University of South Carolina is providing free urgent care visits online for people on the state's health care plan.

Number Of Uninsured Children In North Carolina Rises For A Second Year

Nov 3, 2019
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North Carolina is one of 15 states that saw a statistically significant jump over the past two years in the number of children without health insurance, according to a Georgetown University report released last week.

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Mecklenburg County health officials say people should get vaccinated against influenza as soon as possible.

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Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019

America spends more on health care on a per capita basis than the rest of the developed world, yet we're getting less care. Dr. Marty Makary says it's time for patients - and his own industry - to take action.

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Enrollment for the new health care plan for North Carolina's state employees begins in less than two months – and it appears only five hospitals have signed up as in-network providers. That’s out of nearly 120 throughout the state.

Open enrollment began this week for 540,000 Medicaid recipients in North Carolina who will be transitioning from fee-for-service to a managed care system.

"This change is the most signifigant one that has happend in the Medicaid program since its inception," said Debra Farrington, chief of staff of the N.C. Medicaid program.

Farrington said enrollees will be asked to select from a number of pre-paid health plans administered by private entities contracting with the state and physicians.

One health plan from a well-known insurer promises lower premiums — but warns that consumers may need to file their own claims and negotiate over charges from hospitals and doctors. Another does away with annual deductibles — but requires policyholders to pay extra if they need certain surgeries and procedures.

Both are among the latest efforts in a seemingly endless quest by employers, consumers and insurers for an elusive goal: less expensive coverage.

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Legislation has emerged to slow down changes to the state health insurance system — a system lawmakers empowered the state treasurer to oversee starting in 2012.  

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Many big employers are wrestling with the best way to get a handle on the rising cost of health care. The state of North Carolina is taking a step toward lowering healthcare costs for its roughly 720,000 employees, retirees and their families by changing how it pays for their care.

Medicaid patients in North Carolina will soon be able to choose among insurance companies. The state health department announced the insurers Monday in another step toward privatizing the state-run plan for the poor and disabled.

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The state auditor says how North Carolina pays to treat the mentally ill, substance abusers and people with disabilities leaves too much money left over for regional managed-care agencies.

Auditor Beth Wood's office released a performance audit Wednesday on Medicaid rates for seven "local management entities." They're fixed monthly rates for each patient covered.

Under the newest health care bill which could come to a vote next week, some states including North Carolina stand to lose a lot of federal dollars. That’s according to one of the leading health care consulting groups. It attributes the loss to spending limits on Medicaid and changes in federal subsidies for people buying coverage on the health insurance exchanges.

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The 12th Congressional District, which encompasses most of Mecklenburg County, stands to have the most people in the country lose health care coverage under the Senate plan to replace Obamacare – that’s according to the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank. About 200 people concerned about those coverage losses attended a town hall Monday night hosted by Congresswoman Alma Adams.

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate unveiled its plan to replace Obamacare.

A key component of the bill deals with Medicaid, the federal program to provide health insurance to the poor and disabled.

This story may sound familiar.

The scene: Raleigh.

The plot: A lawmaker introduces a plan to expand Medicaid, the federal insurance program for the poor and disabled.

This has been done a number of times before. And each time has gone nowhere. But this time there's a twist.

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On Tuesday, a new plan to expand Medicaid coverage in North Carolina was rolled out. But this one is different. It's proposed by a powerful Republican leader in the state House.

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We now have a sense of what the American Health Care Act could cost North Carolinians.

The AHCA is the Republican plan to replace the ACA – otherwise known as Obamacare.

MT:  This all has to do with money and a map.

TB: And one of the key differences between Obamacare and the Republican replacement plan. Both are based on formulas, so you can extrapolate results.

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