Affordable Care Act

Health
4:32 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

State Health Secretary: NC Needs Federal Cooperation To Expand Medicaid

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State health secretary Aldona Wos says North Carolina would likely need to change some of its Medicaid rules to expand the program under the Affordable Care Act. 

The health care law offered to pay for expanded Medicaid through 2016, but North Carolina was one of 24 states that rejected the expansion last year.  Gov. Pat McCrory said the state's Medicaid program was broken, and was not confident the federal government would cover the costs. 

But Wos says Medicaid is now more stable, and she plans to present the governor with options for expanding Medicaid. 

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Health
12:18 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

The State Of Things Issues Table: Healthcare

Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis shake hands after the debate at UNC-TV Wednesday night.
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  Healthcare and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue to be a topic of discussion on the North Carolina campaign trails. 

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Health
7:51 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Two Area Hospitals Penalized For Re-Admitting Too Many Medicare Patients

Medicare reimbursements are being trimmed for hospitals that re-admit too many patients within 30 days of treatment.
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Two Triangle hospitals will lose a portion of their Medicare reimbursements this year. They're being penalized for re-admitting too many patients within a month of hospitalization.

Under the Affordable Act, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reduce payments to hospitals which re-admit a higher number of patients than they're supposed to. They're looking at data between the summers of 2010 to 2013. Based on the number re-admissions, the CMS determines what percentage of Medicare reimbursement to withhold.

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Health
9:34 am
Wed September 10, 2014

With Open Enrollment Around The Corner, 3 Insurance Navigator Groups Receive Funding

Three organizations have received federal funding to help North Carolinians enroll in health insurance this year.
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The three-month open-enrollment period for federally subsidized health care starts in November. This year, federal funding to help people enroll in subsidized health insurance has dropped.

Sorien Schmidt works with the North Carolina chapter of Enroll America to connect people with navigator organizations. She says enrollment was a success last year, but there are still one million uninsured North Carolinians and others will need help to re-enroll.

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Health
8:00 am
Wed August 13, 2014

The Affordable Care Act And College Journalists: An Imperfect Match

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Universities across the country have made it clear that providing health coverage for temporary employees -- like adjunct professors and grad students -- is prohibitively expensive.

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The State of Things
12:21 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Interpreting The Affordable Care Act

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Two different interpretations of the Affordable Care Act have raised questions about whether some states can give out subsidies to help people pay for health insurance. 

The D.C. Circuit Court ruled yesterday that subsidies are illegal in states that did not set up their own insurance exchanges. North Carolina is one of those states. 

Then, hours later, the 4th Circuit Court said they are legal.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Duke University law professor Neil Siegel about what the rulings mean for North Carolina.

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Health
8:27 am
Wed July 23, 2014

What Recent Rulings Mean For North Carolinians With Affordable Care Act Insurance

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North Carolinians are waiting to hear what happens next after a pair of contradictory rulings on the Affordable Care Act.

A three judge panel in Washington shot down the law's subsidies 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.

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The State of Things
12:44 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Affordable Care Act Insurance Enrollment In North Carolina

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The deadline for signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act is just around the corner. By Monday March 31st, the Obama administration hopes that 6 million Americans will have begun the process of enrollment. 

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Politics & Government
5:38 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Lawmakers Study Affordable Care Act, First Speaker Is A Critic

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Some state lawmakers met today to learn more about how the Affordable Care Act may affect North Carolina.

Speaker of the House Thom Tillis and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger- both Republicans- created the Joint Study Committee on the Affordable Care Act and Implementation Issues back in January. Its purpose is to discuss the impact of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

Today marked the first meeting of the committee.

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Health
4:00 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

UNC Is Considering Hour Cuts, Other Options To Pay For Health Coverage

Under Obamacare, UNC will have to offer health insurance to employees working 30 hours a week or more, including graduate teaching assistants and visiting faculty.
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Individuals are enrolling in health care through the federal online marketplace, but thousands of North Carolinians might find themselves with employer-sponsored health plans next year.   

In January, the Affordable Care Act will require businesses to offer health insurance to full-time employees working 30 hours a week or more. This would now include graduate teaching assistants and visiting faculty at the University of North Carolina.

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