Michael Tomsic

Reporter

Michael Tomsic became a full-time reporter for WFAE in August 2012. Before that, he reported for the station as a freelancer and intern while he finished his senior year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He’s covered everything from a U.S. presidential visit and a shortage of life-saving cancer drugs to a college football scandal and a cutting-edge art exhibit. Michael has interned with Weekends on All Things Considered in Washington, D.C., where he contributed to the show’s cover stories, produced interviews with Nas and Branford Marsalis, and reported a story about a surge of college graduates joining the military. At UNC, he was the managing editor of the student radio newscast, Carolina Connection. He got his start in public radio as an intern with WHQR in Wilmington, N.C., where he grew up.

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Local News
9:29 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Struggling Food Banks Get Help From McCrory Administration

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina Executive Director Kay Carter, Gov. Pat McCrory, Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos
Credit Michael Tomsic

Food banks in North Carolina that are struggling to keep up with high demand are getting emergency relief from Governor Pat McCrory's administration. McCrory announced Monday they'll split $750,000 over the next few weeks, in part to help them get through the partial government shutdown. But demand at food banks has been rising since before the shutdown and can also be traced to changes on the state level.


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2:40 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

BlueCross BlueShield Goes Racing For Obamacare Customers

The entrance to Blue Cross Blue Shield's part of the fan zone is right near Bojangles' and Krispy Kreme trucks.
Credit Michael Tomsic

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.

Just past a booth selling Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, the smells of Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Bojangles’ fried chicken mix together right before you come across North Carolina’s largest health insurance company.

Welcome to the Bank of America 500.

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Local News
12:09 am
Fri October 11, 2013

How Changes To Response Of Medicaid Audit Fit McCrory’s Message

Mark Payne, Chief Compliance Officer at North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos answer questions during a day-long hearing at the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh on Tuesday.
Credit CHUCK LIDDY — cliddy@newsobserver.com

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has been under fire this week. On Tuesday, the department's secretary received a day-long grilling in legislative committee hearings. That same day, the website North Carolina Health News reported that the McCrory administration and the department had done some extra spin to make the state's Medicaid program look particularly broken.

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Local News
12:06 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Lawmakers Press Wos On Medicaid Payments, Food Stamp Delays, Pay Of Politically-Connected Staffers

N.C. Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos

The new system North Carolina uses to process Medicaid payments is still a nightmare for many providers. That's one of several controversies that legislative oversight committees focused on Tuesday in Raleigh. Lawmakers also found out more about food stamp delays. And they directed pointed questions at Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos and her top staff.


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Local News
7:17 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Lawmakers To Hear From Wos On Food Stamp Delays, Medicaid Overhaul, Salaries

North Carolina lawmakers will find out more Tuesday about why many families have been facing long delays for food stamps, what's next for the state's proposed Medicaid overhaul, and why certain Department Health and Human Services employees have received large raises.

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Local News
2:28 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Sen. Hagan Says Partial Government Shutdown Already Hurting NC

Sen. Kay Hagan in an earlier interview with Charlotte Talks' Mike Collins.
Credit Wendy Herkey

One of North Carolina's U.S. senators says the partial government shutdown is already hurting the state in large and small ways. It's the result of House Republicans refusing to pass a once-routine budget procedure unless they can defund or delay the president's health care law.

Now Senator Kay Hagan, a Democrat up for reelection next year, says her office can't meet one of its most basic responsibilities for constituents – helping North Carolinians who call or show up with a wide variety of questions. 

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Local News
4:19 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Low-Wage Jobs Lead Charlotte, Hickory Recovery

The unemployment rate in the Charlotte and Hickory metro areas declined about one percent in August. That's according to state Commerce Department data released Wednesday.

In Charlotte, the rate is down to 8.3 percent, while in Hickory, the rate fell to 9.1 percent. But the job growth over the past year has been concentrated in one of the lowest-paying industries. Allan Freyer is an analyst for the N.C. Budget and Tax Center, a research organization.

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10:31 am
Wed October 2, 2013

In NC Marketplace, CHS Pushes Patients Toward Certain Plans

Carolinas Medical Center, the flagship hospital in Carolinas HealthCare System.
Credit James Willamor / Flickr

Now that the health insurance marketplace is open, Carolinas HealthCare System is pushing people to sign up for plans that include its hospitals and doctors.


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10:21 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

NC's Voting Changes 'Especially Troubling,' Holder Says In Announcing Lawsuit

The federal government is suing North Carolina over its sweeping new voting law. The Justice Department announced Monday it'll challenge at least four parts of the law that it says will restrict minorities' right to vote.


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7:19 am
Mon September 30, 2013

NC Health Insurance Marketplace Opens Tuesday: A Quick Primer

The health insurance marketplace that opens Tuesday will give North Carolinians a new way to shop for coverage.

The marketplace, or exchange, will be kind of like an Amazon.com for health insurance. It’s one website where you can compare the products of different companies.

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