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10:34 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Fast-tracked, Bipartisan NC Bill Pushes Water Lawsuits Forward

Water flows from a kitchen faucet.
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A new North Carolina law could allow two water contamination lawsuits to go forward, after they were stymied by a U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this month.


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Local News
3:46 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

NC Leaders In Agreement On Overhauling Medicaid Payment Model

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North Carolina is poised to overhaul how it pays for doctor's visits and other physical health services under Medicaid. Governor Pat McCrory, state House and Senate leaders agree on that front, although they still need to work out differences in their broader plans for Medicaid.


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Local News
2:55 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Budgets Passed, Haggling Begins For NC Governor, House And Senate

Governor Pat McCrory, the state House and Senate have significant differences to work out before North Carolina adopts a budget. WFAE's Michael Tomsic looks at three examples of those differences: teacher pay, film incentives and Medicaid.

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Local News
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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Local News
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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Local News
9:22 am
Thu April 3, 2014

CMS To Add Mental Health Therapists To 37 More Schools

CMS already has mental health therapists in about thirty schools. Another 37 schools will soon be getting them. 


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Local News
11:02 am
Wed April 2, 2014

MeckLINK Saga Ends, Cardinal Takes Over County Mental Health

Stephaney Gaddy works with a 33-year-old with developmental disabilities at the Arc of Mecklenburg County.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

As of today, the Mecklenburg County government no longer oversees mental health, substance abuse, or disability services for the county. MeckLINK—the organization it built to handle those services—closed today, as the larger, outside agency Cardinal Innovations takes over. MeckLINK operated for little over a year, but that tenure spurred fights with state lawmakers for control, cost the county millions of dollars, and contributed to the fall of two top county officials.


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Local News
10:09 am
Wed March 26, 2014

County To Continue Funding Mental Health Services After Cardinal Takeover

Mecklenburg County government will continue to supplement state and federal Medicaid dollars for mental health services with its own money. The county has provided those funds for years, but their fate has been in limbo, as officials prepare to hand over mental health oversight to an outside organization.


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Local News
1:05 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

NC Overpaid Medicaid Providers In 2013

North Carolina paid Medicaid providers about $440,000 more than it should have last year. That's according to a report Friday from the state auditor's office, which found several problems in its annual review of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

About a third of the overpayment consisted of state money, as the federal government covers about two-thirds of Medicaid costs in North Carolina. Dave Richard is deputy secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services, and he offered this perspective on the overpayment: 

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Local News
9:14 am
Tue March 18, 2014

What New NC Medicaid Overhaul Means For Budgeting, Mental Health

Credit N.C. DHHS

The McCrory administration wants doctors and hospitals to play a much larger role in managing the state's Medicaid program. The administration submitted its new Medicaid overhaul to the General Assembly Monday.


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