Obamacare http://wunc.org en Obamacare Fallout Hits Senate Democrats, But Not Equally http://wunc.org/post/obamacare-fallout-hits-senate-democrats-not-equally The Republicans have dubbed them the "Obamacare Dozen," the 12 Democratic senators up for re-election in 2014, all of whom voted for the president's health care and insurance overhaul law.<p>In GOP world, each one of those senators managed to provide the "deciding vote" for the Affordable Care Act.<p>And each one, in the wake of the law's online rollout debacle, is in a "panic" — the GOP buzzword of the week — over its political implications.<p>That panic narrative is not baseless. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:51:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 25802 at http://wunc.org Obamacare Fallout Hits Senate Democrats, But Not Equally Fewer Than 2,000 Sign Up For 'Obamacare' In NC http://wunc.org/post/fewer-2000-sign-obamacare-nc <p></p><p>A total of 1,662 North Carolinians have signed up for a health plan in the federal marketplace.</p><p>That's according to <a href="http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2013/MarketPlaceEnrollment/rpt_enrollment.pdf">numbers released</a> by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Of the 30 states that have signed up individuals, North Carolina has the fourth most, behind Florida (3,571), Texas (2,991) and Pennsylvania (2,207).&nbsp;</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 00:05:57 +0000 Eric Mennel 25771 at http://wunc.org Fewer Than 2,000 Sign Up For 'Obamacare' In NC Kay Hagan Wants To Extend "Obama Care" Signup Period http://wunc.org/post/kay-hagan-wants-extend-obama-care-signup-period <p></p><p></p><p>North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan can be added to the list of Obama allies who is also critical of healthcare.gov, the federal government's health care exchange website.</p><p>Senator Kay Hagan has not been afraid to speak her mind about the rocky roll-out of the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp; She’s voiced her concerns on Twitter and during a visit to N.C. State yesterday.</p><p>“You know, I’m just as frustrated as my constituents are.&nbsp; We’ve got to be assured that we get a website that works," said Hagan.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 11:45:52 +0000 Leoneda Inge 24704 at http://wunc.org Kay Hagan Wants To Extend "Obama Care" Signup Period Congressmen Reflect On Vote To End Shutdown http://wunc.org/post/congressmen-reflect-vote-end-shutdown <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span dir="ltr" style="font-size: 10pt"><font face="Arial,sans-serif">&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></span></p><p><span dir="ltr" style="font-size: 10pt"><font face="Arial,sans-serif">Wednesday night, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 16:32:36 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 24352 at http://wunc.org Congressmen Reflect On Vote To End Shutdown Affordable Care Act Goes Into Effect http://wunc.org/post/affordable-care-act-goes-effect <P></P> <P><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">&nbsp;&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">You probably know it as Obamacare, but its official name is the <A href="http://www.hhs.gov/opa/affordable-care-act/index.html"><FONT size=3>Affordable Care Act</FONT></A>. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:24:07 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 23089 at http://wunc.org Affordable Care Act Goes Into Effect A Week Before Affordable Care Act, Navigators Spreading The Word http://wunc.org/post/week-affordable-care-act-navigators-spreading-word <p></p><p>North Carolina is asking local health departments to work with people hired to give information about the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp;</p><p>The Department of Health and Human Services sent a letter to every county last week, encouraging them to work with so-called health care navigators.&nbsp; The federal government gave out about $3 million in grants to non-profits, hospitals and volunteers to hire navigators last month.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:52:58 +0000 Will Michaels 23082 at http://wunc.org A Week Before Affordable Care Act, Navigators Spreading The Word House Lawmakers Pass Bill To Block Medicaid Expansion http://wunc.org/post/house-lawmakers-pass-bill-block-medicaid-expansion <p>State lawmakers in the House have passed a bill that would block an expansion of North Carolina's Medicaid program. It passed on third reading Thursday. Republican lawmakers are opposed to enlarging Medicaid to help cover about 500,000 uninsured residents under the Affordable Care Act. Representative John Blust says the state would end up covering too many costs.<br> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 21:56:56 +0000 Jessica Jones 10445 at http://wunc.org House Lawmakers Pass Bill To Block Medicaid Expansion McCrory, Lawmakers Want To Block Medicaid Expansion http://wunc.org/post/mccrory-lawmakers-want-block-medicaid-expansion <p>A state House committee has moved along a bill that would block any state-funded expansion of Medicaid.&nbsp; The Health and Human services Committee voted to follow Governor Pat McCrory's lead saying that Medicaid should not grow to cover about half-a million uninsured residents.&nbsp; States can expand Medicaid to help cover the uninsured under the<a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/healthreform#healthcare-menu"> Affordable Care Act</a>..but they can also opt out of that expansion.&nbsp;&nbsp; Governor McCrory said the program's budget is tight in a speech at the Emerging Issues Forum at N Wed, 13 Feb 2013 04:37:33 +0000 Gurnal Scott 10322 at http://wunc.org McCrory, Lawmakers Want To Block Medicaid Expansion Making Changes At The Legislature http://wunc.org/post/making-changes-legislature <p>Republicans are looking to make big changes to how industries like energy, telecommunications and transportation are regulated. First on the agenda: fire most board and committee members and replace them with people hand-picked by Governor McCrory and the legislature. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 15:15:35 +0000 Dave DeWitt & Frank Stasio 9736 at http://wunc.org Insourcing Healthcare http://wunc.org/post/insourcing-healthcare <p>With Obamacare in effect, about 32 million citizens will become eligible for healthcare. As it stands now, our healthcare facilities are markedly understaffed. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 15:54:00 +0000 Frank Stasio & Nicole Campbell 5261 at http://wunc.org Insourcing Healthcare