Affordable Care Act

Business & Economy
8:18 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Private Health Care Exchanges Coming To NC

Credit NC Department of Health and Human Services

At least two private health insurance exchanges will soon be launching in North Carolina. 

The NC Chamber and a company called Digital Benefit Advisors are opening websites next month that will act as private marketplaces for health insurance.  Leaders for both organizations say they're designed for employees of companies that might be scaling back their insurance policies.

North Carolina Chamber COO Jim Simpson says the idea is to encourage competition and decrease the cost of insurance.

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The State of Things
12:39 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Government Shutdown and North Carolina Voting Laws Challenged

The house failed to pass a spending bill that would avert a government shutdown
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  Congress failed to pass a spending bill to avert a government shutdown last night.

Republican lawmakers refused to consider legislation to fund the government unless Democrats were willing to concede on implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The impasse means furloughs for many federal workers while the Affordable Care Act enrollment continues as planned.

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The State of Things
11:24 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Affordable Care Act Goes Into Effect

President Obama signs the Affordable Care Act into law
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You probably know it as Obamacare, but its official name is the Affordable Care Act. And starting Tuesday, enrollment opens for mandatory insurance.


New policies don’t actually go into effect until January 1, but in the meantime, curious shoppers can take to the health exchanges to find a deal on health insurance.

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Health
7:52 am
Wed September 25, 2013

A Week Before Affordable Care Act, Navigators Spreading The Word

The health exchange under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, goes into effect next week.
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North Carolina is asking local health departments to work with people hired to give information about the Affordable Care Act. 

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.  The federal government gave out about $3 million in grants to non-profits, hospitals and volunteers to hire navigators last month.

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Health
7:12 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Some N.C. Hospitals Hit With Medicare Penalty

Credit Mercy Health

Medicare patients who are frequently admitted to hospitals are beginning to cause extra fees for those facilities. 

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Health
1:16 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

NC Regulators Approve Plans For Health Benefit Exchange

Credit The White House

The state Department of Insurance has approved subsidized health care plans that will be available under the Affordable Care Act.

Several details of the plans remain sealed as trade secrets, including rates, deductibles and how many were approved.  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.

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Health
7:02 am
Mon May 13, 2013

North Carolina Free Health Clinics In Flux

Donations sign on the front window of the Warren County Free Clinic in Warrenton.
Credit Leoneda Inge

North Carolina has one of the best networks of free clinics in the country.  Support from funders like the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation has helped take care of some of the state’s neediest patients; those who don’t qualify for Medicare of Medicaid.  Warren County – northeast of Raleigh – is home to one of the busiest free clinics in North Carolina.  But funding cuts have resulted in less service at a crucial time in the nation’s health care fight.

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Politics & Government
4:56 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

House Lawmakers Pass Bill To Block Medicaid Expansion

Credit Dave DeWitt

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.

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Health
11:37 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

McCrory, Lawmakers Want To Block Medicaid Expansion

Pat McCrory
Credit Governor's Office

A state House committee has moved along a bill that would block any state-funded expansion of Medicaid.  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.  States can expand Medicaid to help cover the uninsured under the Affordable Care Act..but they can also opt out of that expansion.   Governor McCrory said the program's budget is tight in a speech at the Emerging Issues Forum at N-C State yesterday.

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Politics & Government
10:57 am
Thu January 31, 2013

State Lawmakers Begin Legislative Session

North Carolina House of Representatives, North Carolina General Assembly
Credit www.ncleg.net

Aside from a few lobbyists checking their cell phones, the halls of the General Assembly were quiet and free of protestors Wednesday. But in the House, legislators wasted no time getting down to business. An unemployment insurance bill many are watching closely will be discussed in a committee meeting today. It seeks to lower unemployment benefits so employers won't have to shoulder insurance increases.

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