Healthcare http://wunc.org en What Recent Rulings Mean For North Carolinians With Affordable Care Act Insurance http://wunc.org/post/what-recent-rulings-mean-north-carolinians-affordable-care-act-insurance <p>North Carolinians are waiting to hear what happens next after a pair of contradictory rulings on the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>A three judge panel in Washington <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/22/334082413/obamas-health-care-law-has-a-confusing-day-in-court">shot down the law's subsidies</a> for state's where people are enrolled in the federal exchange, not a state-run exchange. This includes North Carolina. A separate panel ruled just the opposite just hours later, saying the subsidies were, in fact, lawful.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:27:18 +0000 WUNC News 39462 at http://wunc.org What Recent Rulings Mean For North Carolinians With Affordable Care Act Insurance "When You Step Into The Room You Are Family": The Life Of An NC Nurse http://wunc.org/post/when-you-step-room-you-are-family-life-nc-nurse <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">With days full of physical assessments, patient advocacy, connecting with patients' families, and communicating with physicians, a nurse’s work is never done. And when a hospital is understaffed or under-resourced, nurses take on more patients and extra shifts.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 05 May 2014 15:21:49 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 34959 at http://wunc.org "When You Step Into The Room You Are Family": The Life Of An NC Nurse Affordable Care Act Insurance Enrollment In North Carolina http://wunc.org/post/affordable-care-act-insurance-enrollment-north-carolina <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">The deadline for signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act is just around the corner. By Monday March </span>31st<span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">, the Obama administration hopes that 6 million Americans will have begun the process of enrollment.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:44:26 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 32727 at http://wunc.org Affordable Care Act Insurance Enrollment In North Carolina Affordable Care Act Enrollment Numbers Include People Who Never Paid http://wunc.org/post/affordable-care-act-enrollment-numbers-include-people-who-never-paid <p></p><p>This week, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina announced that 6,400 people went all the way through the process of enrolling for a plan on the federal exchange, but never paid their first month's premium. Thus, they were never eligible to receive benefits. The federal government, however, has been including those people in its tally of newly enrolled individuals.</p><p>The Affordable Care Act requires that individuals pay their first month's premium before they can receive benefits.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 23:29:38 +0000 Eric Mennel 30721 at http://wunc.org Affordable Care Act Enrollment Numbers Include People Who Never Paid One Of North Carolina's Top Docs Busts 3 Myths About Healthcare http://wunc.org/post/one-north-carolinas-top-docs-busts-3-myths-about-healthcare <p></p><p>Americans pay more per capita for healthcare than anywhere in the world, but the outcomes are far from the best. And when it comes to improving the system, the only thing experts agree on is that its complicated. The Affordable Care Act is an attempt at comprehensive reform.</p><p>Bill Roper is head of the UNC Health Care system. He has spoken out in favor of Obamacare. He acknowledges there are downsides, but he says there is one undeniable benefit.:</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:11:51 +0000 Carol Jackson, Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 28690 at http://wunc.org One Of North Carolina's Top Docs Busts 3 Myths About Healthcare Beat Making Lab Mixes Health And Music In Ethiopia http://wunc.org/post/beat-making-lab-mixes-health-and-music-ethiopia <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 11pt">The <a href="http://www.beatmakinglab.com/">Beat Making lab</a> started as a class at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. </span><span style="font-size: 11pt">But its creators, Stephen </span><span style="font-size: 11pt">L</span>evitin&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 11pt">– aka, <a href="http://www.applejuicekid.com/applejuicekid/HOME.html">Apple Juice Kid</a> – and <a href="http://piercefreelon.com/">Pierce Freelon</a>, quickly took it to a new level.</span></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:51:41 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 26816 at http://wunc.org Beat Making Lab Mixes Health And Music In Ethiopia Investigation Questions NC DHHS Hiring Practices http://wunc.org/post/investigation-questions-nc-dhhs-hiring-practices <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size:11pt"><a href="http://www.ncdhhs.gov/">North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services</a>' policy manual requires justification memos whenever the department hires contract workers. </span></p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:52:18 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 26744 at http://wunc.org Investigation Questions NC DHHS Hiring Practices Government Shutdown and North Carolina Voting Laws Challenged http://wunc.org/post/government-shutdown-and-north-carolina-voting-laws-challenged <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:11pt">Congress failed to <a href="http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/01/20758472-federal-government-shuts-down-after-congress-fails-to-pass-funding">pass a spending bill to avert a government shutdown last night</a>. </span></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 16:39:26 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 23429 at http://wunc.org Government Shutdown and North Carolina Voting Laws Challenged Musical Doctors Raise Awareness Of Gynecological Cancers http://wunc.org/post/musical-doctors-raise-awareness-gynecological-cancers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>While the pink ribbons of breast cancer garner considerable public attention, other, more deadly cancers affecting women fall far from the spotlight. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 15:05:45 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 22845 at http://wunc.org Musical Doctors Raise Awareness Of Gynecological Cancers State Senate Passes Bill To Require Clearer Hospital Billing http://wunc.org/post/state-senate-passes-bill-require-clearer-hospital-billing <p>Senate lawmakers have passed a bill that would allow patients to compare prices for medical procedures.<br><a href="http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2013&amp;BillID=sb+473&amp;submitButton=Go">Senate Bill 473</a> would require hospitals to make the cost of common inpatient and outpatient procedures public. Thu, 09 May 2013 21:30:31 +0000 Jessica Jones 15095 at http://wunc.org State Senate Passes Bill To Require Clearer Hospital Billing