Health Insurance http://wunc.org en 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 NC Refused Medicaid Expansion. How Is The State Enrolling So Many People For Health Coverage? http://wunc.org/post/nc-refused-medicaid-expansion-how-state-enrolling-so-many-people-health-coverage <p></p><p>North Carolina is enrolling more uninsured people than any other state that refused to set up its own health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act.</p><p></p><p>Health care policy director Adam Searing of the NC Justice Center says the state-run Medicaid system, Community Care, has made a big difference.</p><p></p><p>The state has encouraged social and health services to cooperate to provide Medicaid patients solid care up front, and now friends and family members who don't qualify for Medicaid have affordable options and guidance for enrolling in private healthcare.</p><p></p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 13:20:31 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 29945 at http://wunc.org NC Refused Medicaid Expansion. How Is The State Enrolling So Many People For Health Coverage? Private Health Care Exchanges Coming To NC http://wunc.org/post/private-health-care-exchanges-coming-nc <p>At least two private health insurance exchanges will soon be launching in North Carolina.&nbsp;</p><p>The NC Chamber and a company called Digital Benefit Advisors are opening websites next month that will act as private marketplaces for health insurance.&nbsp; Leaders for both organizations say they're designed for employees of companies that might be scaling back their insurance policies.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:18:21 +0000 Will Michaels 24828 at http://wunc.org Private Health Care Exchanges Coming To NC 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 Duke Energy To End Retiree Benefit Packages http://wunc.org/post/duke-energy-end-retiree-benefit-packages <p><a href="http://www.duke-energy.com/">Duke Energy</a> is dropping its practice of paying for retirees' health benefits.&nbsp; The country's largest utility joins companies like IBM, General Electric and Time Warner in the policy change.<br><br>&nbsp;Instead of covering insurance for more than 14,000 retirees, Duke Energy will give them a yearly stipend.&nbsp; Retirees can use that payment to buy their own coverage.&nbsp; Dave Scanzoni is a company spokesman.<br> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 13:03:04 +0000 Gurnal Scott 22767 at http://wunc.org Duke Energy To End Retiree Benefit Packages Census: Poverty Up In NC, Health Insurance Rate Steady http://wunc.org/post/census-poverty-nc-health-insurance-rate-steady <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The latest Census report shows North Carolina continues a slow crawl out of the economic downturn.</p><p>In 2012, more people lived below the poverty level in North Carolina than they did the year before.&nbsp; The <a href="https://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/embargoed_releases/cb13-167.html">Census Bureau’s American Community Survey</a> shows 18% of North Carolinians live in poverty compared to about 16% nationally.</p><p>Ed Welniak heads the Income Statistics branch of the Census Bureau.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 13:01:21 +0000 Leoneda Inge 22754 at http://wunc.org Census: Poverty Up In NC, Health Insurance Rate Steady BlueCross BlueShield Adds Retail Locations Ahead Of Health Exchange http://wunc.org/post/bluecross-blueshield-adds-retail-locations-ahead-health-exchange <p></p><p>Insurance provider BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina is expanding retail locations as the federal government prepares to launch the state's health care exchange.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 11:22:29 +0000 Will Michaels 20995 at http://wunc.org BlueCross BlueShield Adds Retail Locations Ahead Of Health Exchange Low-Income Health Clinic Closing In Greensboro http://wunc.org/post/low-income-health-clinic-closing-greensboro <p></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 20198 at http://wunc.org Low-Income Health Clinic Closing In Greensboro NC Regulators Approve Plans For Health Benefit Exchange http://wunc.org/post/nc-regulators-approve-plans-health-benefit-exchange <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state Department of Insurance has approved subsidized health care plans that will be available </span>under the<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Affordable Care Act.</span></p><p>Several details of the plans remain sealed as trade secrets, including rates, deductibles and how many were approved.&nbsp; Marni Schribman of the state Insurance Department says the plans will be part of North Carolina's health care exchange, which is scheduled to launch in October.<br><br> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:16:56 +0000 Will Michaels 19946 at http://wunc.org NC Regulators Approve Plans For Health Benefit Exchange Blue Cross Blue Shield Of NC Moving Out Of Iconic Chapel Hill Building http://wunc.org/post/blue-cross-blue-shield-nc-moving-out-iconic-chapel-hill-building <p><a href="http://www.bcbsnc.com/">Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina</a> employees will soon move out of their landmark Chapel Hill headquarters and consolidate operations in Durham. The health insurer purchased two buildings on its Durham campus where they could move employees starting in September.&nbsp;</p><p>Spokesman Lew Borman says the move is expected to save the company up to $2.5 million in operating costs annually.&nbsp; As for the signature building they now call home, Borman says its fate is yet to be determined.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 21:19:19 +0000 Gurnal Scott 16508 at http://wunc.org Blue Cross Blue Shield Of NC Moving Out Of Iconic Chapel Hill Building