Health Care

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.

Charlotte Woman Has Front Seat At State-of-Union Address

Jan 19, 2015
David T. Foster III / Charlotte Observer

A Charlotte woman whose treatment of a brain tumor was made possible by the Affordable Care Act will sit with first lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union address Tuesday, a White House spokeswoman said Sunday.

Astrid Muhammad, 39, of the University City area will be one of the special guests in the audience during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday.

BCBSNC Makes Some Medical Costs Public

Jan 7, 2015

The state’s largest health insurance provider is making some medical costs public for the first time. BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina yesterday unveiled a website that lets anyone search how much doctors and hospitals charge for some of the most common non-emergency services. 

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Some lawyers say the U.S. Attorney's office in Charlotte is building a reputation for being especially aggressive in prosecuting health care fraud. As an example, the office earlier this year won its largest settlement ever with a single doctor.

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Leaders of some of the region’s largest companies have high hopes for the coming year. At the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce’s annual Economic Outlook luncheon, CEOs of Bank of America and Duke Energy, among others, discussed the state of the economy, gas prices, health care, and regulation.


The North Carolina Hospital Association says the budget deal state lawmakers have reached could lead to hospitals cutting services and jobs. The budget agreement cuts $45 million for hospitals on top of cuts already scheduled for this year.

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People looking to buy health insurance through the North Carolina exchange may soon have another company to choose from. UnitedHealthCare plans to offer federally-subsidized coverage in the state starting next year.


Medicaid Reform in North Carolina

May 12, 2014
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Governor Pat McCrory's administration is taking a new approach to overhauling the state's most expensive health care program. Medicaid serves approximately 1.8 million low-income parents, children, seniors and people with disabilities. McCrory had previously rolled out a model that would've probably put a few insurance companies in charge of managing the program. But after many in North Carolina's medical community made it clear they didn't like that approach, the governor has changed course and submitted a new plan to the General Assembly, with the hopes of getting it passed in the short legislative session that starts this week. We take a closer look at Medicaid in North Carolina and what the new plan would mean for patients, providers and taxpayers, when Charlotte Talks.

Two Young North Carolinians Navigate Healthcare.gov

Apr 15, 2014
Michael Tomsic

Tuesday is the final deadline for people to sign up for health insurance this year through healthcare.gov. The online exchange, or marketplace, is a signature part of the Affordable Care Act, and it's supposed to make shopping for health insurance as easy as shopping for other products online. Over the past six months, WFAE's Michael Tomsic has been meeting with two young North Carolinians as they tried to use the exchange. Here are their stories.


We are faced with so many food choices these days, especially processed foods, that it's easy to eat badly. Unhealthy eating and other lifestyle choices can lead to the development of diabetes. Carolinas Healthcare System and the YMCA recognized the rise in North Carolinians with Diabetes and an even larger number of folks at risk for developing the condition. They have introduced a program to help everyone recognize the signs of diabetes, take steps to avoid developing it and to learn to maintain, and in some case, reverse the effects. CHS and the YMCA are out to raise diabetes awareness and we'll learn too.

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