Affordable Care Act

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11:14 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Tobacco Headquarters To Become Hotel, Apartments

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.  Plans call for a boutique hotel on the bottom six floors, and 120 luxury residential units above.

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8:53 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Obamacare Enrollment Was Too Old In NC, So Premiums Will Likely Rise

Blue Cross set up a tent at a NASCAR race to sign people up for health insurance through the new online exchange.
Credit Michael Tomsic

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.


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5:19 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Obamacare Enrollment In Carolinas Misses White House Target For Young People

Credit healthcare.gov

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.


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9:29 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Two Young North Carolinians Navigate Healthcare.gov

Healthcare.gov tells Danielle Brockington it has too much traffic.
Credit Michael Tomsic

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.


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8:34 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Obamacare May Not Be Signing Up Enough Young Adults

Credit healthcare.gov

More than 250,000 people in the Carolinas have signed up for health insurance through the federal marketplace or exchange that's part of the Affordable Care Act. But there may not be enough young people signing up for the law to work as intended.


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9:04 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Obamacare Enrollment Surges In December In Carolinas

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.


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9:56 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Sen. Rucho Stands By Controversial Tweet

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.

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:

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1:15 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Health Insurance Marketplace Had A Much Better November In Carolinas

Credit healthcare.gov

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.


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4:55 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Governor McCrory On Teacher Raises, Obamacare

Governor Pat McCrory says he wants state lawmakers to give teachers a pay raise when they meet in May for the short session.  He plans to have a salary proposal ready in February.  McCrory made those remarks on WFAE's Charlotte Talks Monday morning. 

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. 

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10:32 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Insurance Commissioner Goodwin Discusses Obama's Extension Of Canceled Health Policies

Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin

By now you probably know that President Obama has offered a temporary fix for people whose health insurance companies have canceled their policies because they didn’t meet the minimum standards of the Affordable Care Act. You can keep your policies for another year if insurance companies are willing to still offer the plans, and if state insurance regulators are OK with it. North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin says he is. He joined President Obama and other insurance commissioners at the White House this week, and he joined WFAE's Kevin Kniestedt on Morning Edition.


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