Alex Olgin

Health Reporter

The biggest health insurance company in the state says it doesn’t need as big of a rate increase as originally thought for its individual Affordable Care Act plans. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina announced Wednesday it was reducing its request.

Mecklenburg County Commissioners will meet Wednesday to hear how the health department plans to start making changes. A report suggests it could cost up to $4.6 million and take up to three years to complete. 


A worker at the U.S. National Whitewater Center releases chlorine into the basin below the rafting channel in July.
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Last month the family of Lauren Seitz filed suit against the Whitewater Center and the company that designed part of it for wrongful death. The 18-year-old woman from Ohio died last year after coming into contact with a so called “brain-eating amoeba” while rafting at the center.

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There are a lot of rules that come with practicing medicine, therapy and other professions. They are in place to protect the consumer. But when those rules are used to restrict competitors doing the same thing at a lower cost, it raises the question: Do regulators have consumers' best interest at heart? There has been a spike in lawsuits that challenge the authority of licensing boards. One of the latest disputes comes from North Carolina. It’s between physical therapists and acupuncturists.  

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Charlotte has one of the fastest growing apartment markets in the country. And that’s a boon for another type of business. One that deals with waste. Pet waste that is. There is a high tech service many property managers use to crack down on owners who don’t pick up after their pups.

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An ophthalmologist looking into eye cancer cases in northern Mecklenburg County says he has identified nearly two dozen people with the disease. That’s nearly double the cases identified in April.   

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The Carolina Panthers announced today, General Manager Dave Gettleman has been fired. He had been with the team since 2013.

Rowan County Commissioners listen to a chaplain's prayer before a meeting in June 2017.
Rowan County

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Rowan County’s practice of having elected officials open meetings with Christian prayer and asking residents to join is unconstitutional. That reverses a previous 2016 decision from the same circuit. 

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It is unclear how many North Carolinians would be left uninsured under the updated Senate health bill. It was estimated that an earlier version of the bill would increase the uninsured population across the country by 22 million over the next decade.

Alex Olgin

Mecklenburg County leaders are considering structural changes to the troubled health department.  Commissioners heard suggestions from two outside consultants on how to fix the department they found is poorly managed and doesn't have a sufficient system to track patient records. 


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