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The Obama administration is touting a new argument for why states like North Carolina should expand Medicaid. Federal researchers found in states that already have, the premiums people pay on the Obamacare exchanges are lower.

Carolinas HealthCare System is asking a federal judge to dismiss the antitrust lawsuit the U.S. Justice Department filed against it. The Charlotte-based hospital system argues the lawsuit is "unprecedented."

North Carolina's Democratic representatives in Congress are urging federal officials to reject the state's Medicaid overhaul. The state's Republican governor and lawmakers have championed it, and leaders submitted the plan to the federal government in June.

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All 13 of North Carolina's representatives in the U.S. House voted in favor of an overhaul of the country's mental health system Wednesday. The bill gained momentum this year in part because of mass shootings.

North Carolina passed an abortion law in 2013 with similar language to what the U.S. Supreme Court struck down this week in Texas. But the implementation has been different here.

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Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill into law Monday to address one aspect of the opioid epidemic. The bipartisan legislation makes an overdose reversal drug much easier to get.

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The U.S. Justice Department and the North Carolina attorney general filed suit in federal court Thursday against Carolinas Healthcare System, the Charlotte area’s largest health care provider. They argue that CHS’s contracts with insurance companies drive down competition.

About 20 businesses in North Carolina have formed a coalition to work against rising health care costs. It's called the North Carolina Coalition for Fiscal Health, and it'll focus on changes at the state level.

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North Carolina is overhauling its Medicaid program to try to hold down costs while improving care. Health leaders submitted the plan to the federal government recently after adjusting it based on public feedback.

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In North Carolina, the two largest remaining insurance companies on the Obamacare exchange are requesting average premium increases of more than 18 percent.

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