The State of Things
10:29 am
Thu February 28, 2013

North Carolina Lawmakers Reject Medicaid Expansion

News & Observer reporter John Frank discusses N. C. lawmakers rejection of Medicaid Expansion

North Carolina’s Republican Lawmakers are sticking by conservative principles early in Gov. Pat McCrory’s first term. Last week, he signed legislation cutting unemployment benefits. The move was an attempt to pay back debt owed the federal government earlier.

And this week, legislators voted for and sent along a piece of legislation that would reject a federal option to expand Medicaid.

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State of Things
10:54 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Insourcing Healthcare

With Obamacare in effect, about 32 million citizens will become eligible for healthcare. As it stands now, our healthcare facilities are markedly understaffed.

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Politics & Government
8:03 am
Fri June 29, 2012

North Carolina Reacts to Healthcare Ruling

The Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Obama's healthcare overhaul sparked a range of reactions across North Carolina.

Tanner Latham: A rally to celebrate the Supreme Court's decision on Obama's healthcare law was held Thursday at Gaffney Health Services on Albemarle Road in East Charlotte.

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Politics & Government
5:33 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

North Carolina Reacts To The Supreme Court Ruling On Health Reform

The President's health care law survived a crucial test in the Supreme Court today. But, experts say the political fight isn't finished.

Asma Khalid: The Supreme Court voted 5-to-4 to uphold most of the Affordable Care Act. That surprised Karen Duqette. She works at the Republican-leaning Civitas Institute.

Karen Duqette: I think this decision is going to have a major impact on rallying conservatives.

Jonathan Oberlander agrees. He's a professor of health policy at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

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6:00 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Whooping Cough Cases Increasing In North Carolina

Pertussis, often known as Whooping Cough, is on the rise in North Carolina.

Asma Khalid: Whooping cough sounds antiquated - like something you could catch on "The Oregon Trail." But, it's not just a fictional computer game disease. North Carolina health officials have witnessed a number of recent outbreaks. To date, they've tracked 179 cases. That's already more than in all of 2011.  The State's Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging people to get immunized, no matter how old they are. Zack Moore is an epidemiologist with the state.

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Politics & Government
9:30 am
Wed June 20, 2012

NC Pension System One Of Nation's Best Funded

Pew Center on the States
Pew Center

North Carolina is one of only four states to have funded its pension obligations over 95%. The latest report from the Pew Center on the States finds that most states are falling further behind in their contributions to public employee retirement funds.

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Politics & Government
5:30 am
Wed April 20, 2011

House Votes on Reworked Health Plan Bill

 State representatives have tentatively passed a reworked version of a bill that would move oversight of the state health plan from the legislature to the treasurer's office. 

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Mon March 28, 2011

Bill in Legislature Would Change State Health Plan

State employees may have to pay more for their health care next year. A bill in the legislature seeks to plug a budget hole of more than 500 million dollars in the state health plan by requiring all state workers to pay monthly premiums. The measure would also move oversight of the system from the General Assembly to the state treasurer’s office.

Mary O’Neill and Jonathan Stevenson are old hands at lobbying legislators. Last week at the General Assembly, they were ruffling through a directory of legislators’ offices, figuring out where to go next:

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Politics & Government
4:35 pm
Thu March 24, 2011

Senators Re-Work State Health Plan

A bill that would move the oversight of the state health plan to the treasurer's office tentatively passed the Senate today.

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