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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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Local News
8:55 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Congress Passes Bill That Could Help With Drug Shortages

Medi-Fare Drug Center is a compounding pharmacy in Blacksburg, S.C.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Last spring we reported on a serious problem in hospitals – shortages of critical drugs, including chemotherapy treatments, anesthetics and even basic vitamins. This week Congress passed a bill that could make it easier for hospitals to get drugs they can't find anywhere else. But there are also risks that come with this particular solution. 

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Local News
5:08 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

NC Regulators Encourage Health Insurers To Extend Some Policies

North Carolina insurance regulators say they plan to expedite the rate review process in order to prevent thousands of state residents from losing their individual health plans.  Insurers were terminating those policies because they don’t meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.  But President Obama pledged this week to allow people to hold onto their current policies for another year. 

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin says usually the whole review takes several months, but his office will only have a few weeks to go through the plans.  

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Local News
5:34 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

About 2,200 People Get Through Health Insurance Marketplace In NC, SC

Credit healthcare.gov

In the Carolinas, about 2,200 people have signed up for health insurance through the new federal marketplace, or exchange.  That's according to federal data released Wednesday.

So the marketplace that's part of the Affordable Care Act is kind of working.

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Local News
7:21 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Charlotte Hospital Takes Part In Global Study Of Sepsis

Hospitals around the world Thursday are focusing on an enormous problem for their sickest patients. A Charlotte hospital is among the more than 1,400 taking part in a one-day study of the life-threatening illness called sepsis.

Sepsis is basically your body overreacting to an infection, and it can lead to organ failure and death.

Dr. Alan Heffner leads Carolinas HealthCare System's campaign against it and works at the flagship hospital, CMC-Main.

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Local News
11:04 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Meck Commission Votes For Cardinal To Succeed MeckLINK

Mecklenburg County commissioners voted 7-2 last night to work out an agreement to turn oversight of mental health, substance abuse, and disability care to Cardinal Innovations, less than a year after the county launched its own agency, MeckLINK, at a cost of more than $8 million. The county started MeckLINK because of a state reorganization, and now it has to give it up because of another one.


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Local News
10:59 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Cardinal Has Bargaining Power In MeckLINK Takeover

MeckLINK commissioners (center table) Vilma Leake, Trevor Fuller, Karen Bentley, and Bill James meet with Cardinal Innovations leadership (left table).
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Mecklenburg County commissioners met with the leadership team of Cardinal Innovations on Monday afternoon, in one of the final steps as the county prepares to surrender oversight of its mental health patients and millions of dollars in Medicaid funds. Commissioners had three requests for Cardinal, but little leverage to negotiate.


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Local News
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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Health
1:35 am
Wed September 11, 2013

SC Suspends License Of Fort Mill Midwife Center

Carolina Community Maternity Center
Credit carolinasbirthcenter.com

A Fort Mill birth center in which midwives deliver babies remains closed one week after South Carolina’s health department suspended its license.

The health department won’t comment on its investigation, but a statement from Carolina Community Maternity Center says the suspension occurred after a mother had to be rushed to a hospital and the birth resulted in, quote “a bad outcome.”

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