Obamacare http://wfae.org en Tobacco Headquarters To Become Hotel, Apartments http://wfae.org/post/tobacco-headquarters-become-hotel-apartments <p>A Philadelphia company has announced plans to buy and re-develop the historic R.J. Reynolds Tobacco headquarters in Winston-Salem. PMC Property Group plans to spend $7.8 million to buy the 22-story building, and to invest an estimated $60 million overall in the conversion. &nbsp;Plans call for a boutique hotel on the bottom six floors, and 120 luxury residential units above. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 15:14:07 +0000 David Boraks 53914 at http://wfae.org Obamacare Enrollment Was Too Old In NC, So Premiums Will Likely Rise http://wfae.org/post/obamacare-enrollment-was-too-old-nc-so-premiums-will-likely-rise <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">North Carolina's largest health insurance company says enrollment through the new exchange that's part of the Affordable Care Act missed expectations, and that means premiums on the exchange will likely rise.</span></p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 12:53:43 +0000 Michael Tomsic & Kevin Kniestedt 50595 at http://wfae.org Obamacare Enrollment Was Too Old In NC, So Premiums Will Likely Rise Obamacare Enrollment In Carolinas Misses White House Target For Young People http://wfae.org/post/obamacare-enrollment-carolinas-misses-white-house-target-young-people <p>In the Carolinas, the new health insurance exchanges that are part of the Affordable Care Act didn't sign up nearly as many young people as the White House had targeted. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday released the final enrollment data for this year.</p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 21:19:09 +0000 Michael Tomsic 50125 at http://wfae.org Obamacare Enrollment In Carolinas Misses White House Target For Young People Two Young North Carolinians Navigate Healthcare.gov http://wfae.org/post/two-young-north-carolinians-navigate-healthcaregov <p>Tuesday is the final deadline for people to sign up for health insurance this year through healthcare.gov. The online exchange, or marketplace, is a signature part of the Affordable Care Act, and it's supposed to make shopping for health insurance as easy as shopping for other products online. Over the past six months, WFAE's Michael Tomsic has been meeting with two young North Carolinians as they tried to use the exchange. Here are their stories.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:29:11 +0000 Michael Tomsic 49019 at http://wfae.org Two Young North Carolinians Navigate Healthcare.gov Obamacare Enrollment Surges In December In Carolinas http://wfae.org/post/obamacare-enrollment-surges-december-carolinas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the Carolinas, there was a massive increase in enrollment last month in the federal health insurance marketplace or exchange that's part of the Affordable Care Act. That's according to federal data released Monday.</span></p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:04:12 +0000 Michael Tomsic 42917 at http://wfae.org Sen. Rucho Stands By Controversial Tweet http://wfae.org/post/sen-rucho-stands-controversial-tweet <p>North Carolina state Senator Bob Rucho is standing by his tweet over the weekend that said the Affordable Care Act has done more damage than Nazis, Soviets and terrorists.</p><p>A quick bit of background information: Senator Rucho's tweet mentions Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the U.S. Supreme Court decision that allowed the Affordable Care Act to stand. OK, here's the tweet:</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 02:56:17 +0000 Michael Tomsic 41257 at http://wfae.org Sen. Rucho Stands By Controversial Tweet Health Insurance Marketplace Had A Much Better November In Carolinas http://wfae.org/post/health-insurance-marketplace-had-much-better-november-carolinas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the Carolinas, November was a far better month than October for the federal marketplace that's part of the Affordable Care Act. That's according to data the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released Wednesday.</span></p><p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 18:15:16 +0000 Michael Tomsic 40921 at http://wfae.org Health Insurance Marketplace Had A Much Better November In Carolinas Governor McCrory On Teacher Raises, Obamacare http://wfae.org/post/governor-mccrory-teacher-raises-obamacare <p>Governor Pat McCrory says he wants state lawmakers to give teachers a pay raise when they meet in May for the short session.&nbsp; He plans to have a salary proposal ready in February.&nbsp; McCrory made those remarks on WFAE's Charlotte Talks Monday morning.&nbsp;</p><p>The state’s current budget for next year sets aside a $500-a-year raise for the top 25 percent of teachers who decide to give up their tenure and sign a four-year contract.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 21:55:30 +0000 Lisa Miller & Michael Tomsic 39923 at http://wfae.org Safe Districts Embolden Bloc Of GOP House Members http://wfae.org/post/safe-districts-embolden-bloc-gop-house-members <p>With the continued budgetary and debt crises consuming the country and the nation&rsquo;s business, a deeper look into the warring camps may be helpful to understand their outlook and how much actual support each side may have.</p><p>Since their arrival on the political scene in 2009 and most importantly in 2010 election, the Tea Party has become the driving force within the Republican Party over the past two election cycles, especially in Congressional elections.</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 20:13:10 +0000 Michael Bitzer 37260 at http://wfae.org Safe Districts Embolden Bloc Of GOP House Members BlueCross BlueShield Goes Racing For Obamacare Customers http://wfae.org/post/bluecross-blueshield-goes-racing-obamacare-customers <p></p><p>Fast cars, greasy food, cold beer and a health insurance quote. Racing fans could find all those things Saturday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Blue Cross Blue Shield set up shop at the NASCAR race to tell people about how health care laws are changing, and find new customers in the process.</p><p>Just past a booth selling Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, the smells of Krispy Kreme&nbsp;doughnuts and Bojangles’ fried chicken mix together right before you come across North Carolina’s largest health insurance company.</p><p>Welcome to the Bank of America 500.</p> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 18:40:16 +0000 Michael Tomsic 37201 at http://wfae.org BlueCross BlueShield Goes Racing For Obamacare Customers