Michael Tomsic

Reporter

Michael Tomsic covers health care, voting rights, NASCAR, peach-shaped water towers and everything in between. He drives WFAE's health care coverage through a partnership with NPR and Kaiser Health News. He 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 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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It’s been almost two years since the uproar over extreme waits at the VA led the head of that department to resign. Congress responded to the scandal by passing the Veterans Choice program. It allows veterans to go to private doctors on the VA’s tab if the VA keeps them waiting more than a month.

In North Carolina and nationwide, that solution is not working.

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Governor Pat McCrory wants North Carolina to increase its spending on substance use disorders, Medicaid and prekindergarten. Those are among the budget priorities McCrory laid out in Raleigh on Monday.

A surging demand for veterans’ health care is leading the VA to open a massive outpatient facility in Charlotte. The six-story complex opens Friday and offers primary care, mental health, pharmacy and some specialty care. It’s part of the VA’s push to modernize its services and decrease wait times.

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A state audit released Monday shows overpayments in North Carolina’s Medicaid program likely added up to $835 million last year. But Medicaid officials say when you factor in the size of North Carolina’s program, its error rate is lower than many other states.

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North Carolina is in the midst of a huge change to its Medicaid program, and state officials took their listening tour about it to the Charlotte area Thursday. In Huntersville and Monroe, they heard from patients, advocates and doctors.

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State health officials are holding public hearings in Monroe and Huntersville on Thursday on the plan to overhaul North Carolina Medicaid.

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The number of immigrants becoming American citizens is on the rise. In Charlotte and across the country, applications for citizenship have spiked as the election approaches, according to federal data. That’s not unusual in presidential election years. But in North Carolina, the increases are in fact the continuation of a trend that started five years ago. WFAE’s Michael Tomsic explores what’s driving more immigrants to become Americans.

A Concord police officer is charged with multiple counts of child abuse and rape. Cabarrus County Sheriff's ofice arrested officer Douglas Buckwell on Wednesday.

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A settlement has been reached in a landmark asbestos bankruptcy case playing out in Charlotte. The case has drawn national attention after exposing how some victims’ lawyers abused the legal system.

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Attorneys for North Carolina say lawmakers carefully followed a court order in drawing a new congressional map that does not use race as the dominant factor. In new court filings, the state argues those who sued over the old map have failed to show the new one is a gerrymander of any kind. WFAE’s Michael Tomsic joined Mark Rumsey to discuss the latest. 

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