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North Carolina is still without a full state budget after state senators did not hold an expected vote to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto Tuesday. That means planned changes to how Medicaid pays healthcare providers are up in the air. 

Medicaid is the health insurance program for low-income adults, children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with disabilities.

NC Medicaid Expansion Advocates 'Mad' As Bill Idles

Jan 15, 2020
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RALEIGH — North Carolina remains among the dozen or so states that haven't agreed to expand Medicaid to more of the working poor amid a lingering budget stalemate and continued skepticism among top Senate Republicans about the idea.

South Carolina received approval from the Trump administration on Thursday to impose Medicaid work requirements, a move likely to trigger a challenge in federal court.

Under the new rules, most adults who qualify for Medicaid coverage will be required to prove they work at least 80 hours a month, or are doing other activities like volunteering or hunting for a job.

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RALEIGH — Skepticism grew Wednesday that a massive change in administering North Carolina Medicaid's program will start as scheduled early next year as a state budget stalemate continues and doctors and hospitals worry whether details are ready.

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El bebé de Prince Ramirez va a nacer en una semana. Ella y su marido ya tienen un nombre escogido.

“Oyuki Selene”

Ramírez, quien es originalmente de México, vive ahora en Charlotte con su esposo y sus hijos quienes son ciudadanos de Estados Unidos. Ella califica para Medicaid porque está embarazada y es una residente con un permiso de residencia. Pero esta nerviosa de apuntarse.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said now is the time to expand Medicaid coverage. North Carolina is one of 14 states that hasn’t yet expanded government health benefits for the poor and disabled. More than 2 million people are already covered by the state’s Medicaid program and Cooper estimates with expansion, an additional 500,000 people could get coverage. 

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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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North Carolina is looking for insurance companies as it privatizes its Medicaid system. The program that covers 2.2 million poor and disabled North Carolinians is undergoing a massive overhaul, but patients won’t see any changes until next year.

North Carolina is one of 10 states that wants to add work requirements to its Medicaid program. Thursday the Trump Administration announced it's encouraging states to add these requirements for able-bodied adults.

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Starting today, the North Carolina Medicaid program will pay for medicines to treat hepatitis C for patients no matter how sick they are. In the past, the state wouldn’t pay for the expensive drugs unless the patient had stage two liver damage.  

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.

South Carolina Representative Chris Corley, accused of beating his wife bloody, resigned Tuesday rather than be expelled from the Statehouse. Corley, a Republican, still faces a felony aggravated domestic violence charge that could put him in prison for up to 20 years.

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The future of the Affordable Care Act dominated the news Wednesday. While Democrats and Republicans huddled on Capitol Hill to discuss the future of the law, here in North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced his plan to expand Medicaid in the state.

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Doctors in North Carolina are feeling the effects of certain national health care trends but bucking others. The Physicians Foundation's 2016 survey shows high burnout but lower hospital consolidation in North Carolina.

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Governor Pat McCrory wants North Carolina to increase its spending on substance use disorders, Medicaid and prekindergarten. Those are among the budget priorities McCrory laid out in Raleigh on Monday.

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A hospital about two hours west of Charlotte is at the center of a $115 million settlement announced by the U.S. Attorney’s office yesterday. The case involves whistle-blowers, allegations of government fraud and illegal kickbacks to doctors.  

NC Lawmakers To Vote On Big Changes To Medicaid

Sep 22, 2015
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After two years of debating how to change North Carolina's most expensive health care program, state lawmakers will vote on a Medicaid overhaul Tuesday. The model negotiators settled on is a mix of two previous proposals.

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