Medicaid Expansion

Health
5:30 am
Tue December 9, 2014

North Carolina’s Medicaid Expansion: No Consensus From Republicans, Clock Ticking

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In recent months, Governor Pat McCrory has said he’s considering proposing expansion of the state’s Medicaid program, which would allow more low-income people here to receive health care. Back in 2012, the General Assembly passed a bill blocking expansion and the formation of a state health exchange. The governor signed it into law. But now, many other Republican-led states are moving forward with enlarging eligibility for the program. Yet Republican leaders don’t have a consensus on what to do here.

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Politics & Government
10:01 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Medicaid Expansion, Other Issues To Be Addressed By Nominee For NC House Speaker

Rep. Tim Moore (Center) was chosen by House Republicans as the chamber's next speaker. Joining him from left: Majority Whip Rep. John Bell (R-Wayne); Deputy Majority Leader Rep. Marilyn Avila (R-Wake); Speaker Pro-Tem Rep. Skip Stam (R-Wake); and Joint Caucus Leader Rep. Pat Hurley (R-Randolph).
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North Carolina Republicans have nominated a new State House Speaker to succeed U.S. Senator-elect Thom Tillis. Tim Moore is an attorney and small business owner from Kings Mountain, a small town about 30 miles west of Charlotte. He's been in the House for six terms.

The Republicans in the House of Representatives chose Moore in a closed-door meeting. They locked themselves in a conference room at Randolph Community College. Moore needed at least half the votes plus one to win, and that was exactly what he got.

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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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The State of Things
11:49 am
Tue October 28, 2014

DHHS Evaluates The State Of Medicaid In North Carolina

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North Carolina’s Medicaid program covers 1.7 million people at a cost of $14 billion per year.

The program for low-income and disabled residents has had a turbulent past. Last year, computer glitches created a long backlog of applications and payments for providers. And Medicaid has been a question mark in the budget, causing cost overruns for several years.

But health officials say the system is improving enough that the state could reconsider expanding Medicaid to half a million people who do not have health insurance.

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Health
8:38 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Belhaven Mayor Is '100 Percent' That Local Hospital Will Reopen

Mayor Adam O'Neal walked nearly 300 miles from his town of Belhaven, N.C. to Washington, D.C., advocating to reopen the Pungo Hospital.
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Belhaven Mayor Adam O'Neill says he's optimistic that the hospital in his town will reopen soon.

The non-profit Vidant Health closed the Pungo hospital there this summer, which served low-income and minority populations. 

Mayor O'Neill walked nearly 300 miles to Washington, D.C. to ask regulators to look into the closure.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has agreed to investigate whether Vidant's closing of the hospital has displayed unlawful discrimination based on race and national origin.

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Possible Outcomes Of North Carolina Turning Down Medicaid Expansion

North Carolina will be missing out on $51 billion from Mediciad because they chose not to expand coverage.
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Lawmakers in North Carolina decided to not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. 

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Politics & Government
7:47 am
Sat February 8, 2014

Thousands To March Downtown Raleigh In Opposition Of New North Carolina Laws

Protesters have crowded the capitol for past Moral Mondays protests.
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Thousands of people are expected to march in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, some coming in buses from other states, to call on North Carolina legislators to reverse laws they’ve signed over the last year including requiring voters to show IDs in polling stations, reducing unemployment benefits and blocking Medicaid expansion.

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Health
8:20 am
Mon February 3, 2014

NC Refused Medicaid Expansion. How Is The State Enrolling So Many People For Health Coverage?

NC is enrolling more people in private health care than any other state that refused to expand Medicaid. One analyst says the support network formed by Community Care of North Carolina has made all the difference.
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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.

Health care policy director Adam Searing of the NC Justice Center says the state-run Medicaid system, Community Care, has made a big difference.

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.

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Politics & Government
11:25 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Moral Monday Leaders Looking To Spend 2014 Advocating For The Uninsured

The Rev. William Barber (center) speaks outside the south face of the North Carolina State Capitol building on Monday.
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A judge gave permission Monday to a group that’s been protesting new North Carolina laws to rally on the grounds of the state Capitol building.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour’s decision reversed denial of a permit  earlier this month.  It served as a preamble for the new year of protests, that have become known as Moral Monday, against the Republican-controlled state legislature.

Just hours after the decision, the Rev. William Barber, one of the key Moral Monday organizers, spoke to dozens of people on a courtyard outside the Capitol, mapping out 2014.

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Politics & Government
9:22 am
Tue October 22, 2013

McCrory Stands Behind Voting Law, Says NC Might Be Forced To Expand Medicaid

Gov. Pat McCrory
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Governor Pat McCrory has again defended North Carolina's new voting law during a talk at a leading conservative think tank. 

McCrory spoke at an event Monday hosted by the Heritage Foundation in Washington.  He stood behind the state's new voting rules, which require a photo ID at the polls, pointing out that 32 other states have similar laws.  He also criticized attorney general Roy Cooper for speaking out against the law.

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