Obamacare

It's All Politics
9:51 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Obamacare Fallout Hits Senate Democrats, But Not Equally

Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 2:18 pm

The Republicans have dubbed them the "Obamacare Dozen," the 12 Democratic senators up for re-election in 2014, all of whom voted for the president's health care and insurance overhaul law.

In GOP world, each one of those senators managed to provide the "deciding vote" for the Affordable Care Act.

And each one, in the wake of the law's online rollout debacle, is in a "panic" — the GOP buzzword of the week — over its political implications.

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Health
7:05 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Fewer Than 2,000 Sign Up For 'Obamacare' In NC

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A total of 1,662 North Carolinians have signed up for a health plan in the federal marketplace.

That's according to numbers released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Of the 30 states that have signed up individuals, North Carolina has the fourth most, behind Florida (3,571), Texas (2,991) and Pennsylvania (2,207). 

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Politics & Government
7:45 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Kay Hagan Wants To Extend "Obama Care" Signup Period

Sen Kay Hagan wants sign-up extension for Americans who want "Affordable Care."
Credit politico.com

North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan can be added to the list of Obama allies who is also critical of healthcare.gov, the federal government's health care exchange website.

Senator Kay Hagan has not been afraid to speak her mind about the rocky roll-out of the Affordable Care Act.  She’s voiced her concerns on Twitter and during a visit to N.C. State yesterday.

“You know, I’m just as frustrated as my constituents are.  We’ve got to be assured that we get a website that works," said Hagan.

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The State of Things
12:32 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Congressmen Reflect On Vote To End Shutdown

Credit Lawrence Jackson, whitehouse.gov.

  

Wednesday night, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.

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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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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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The State of Things
10:15 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Making Changes At The Legislature

A discussion about changes at the Legislature

Republicans are looking to make big changes to how industries like energy, telecommunications and transportation are regulated. First on the agenda: fire most board and committee members and replace them with people hand-picked by Governor McCrory and the legislature.

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

Insourcing Healthcare

www.upne.com

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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