Health

Local News
5:18 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

State's Ability To Treat Mental Illness Questioned

In earlier versions of this story we mistakenly referred to Medicare expansion.  It should have been Medicaid expansion.

On Monday, lawmakers in Raleigh were given an assessment of the state’s ability to treat those with mental illness and those seeking treatment for addiction.  And that assessment was not good. 

Read more
Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Dietary Supplements And Regulation

They are on store shelves, advertised on television, and in the medicine cabinets of more than 50 percent of Americans. Some make dubious health claims and are largely unregulated by the FDA - tens of thousands of herbal and dietary supplements - from everyday vitamins and herbs to body-building and weight loss pills. A new study indicates that some of these supplements are linked to liver disease, liver failure and even an increased risk of death. They are not approved for safety and effectiveness by the FDA, and in fact, are only removed from the market after there has been a death or other evidence of injury from a product. It's been called the 'Wild West' and some people want that to change. We'll talk about what these supplements are, their potential health consequences and what you need to know to properly evaluate them - with a lead researcher of the study and a representative from the FDA.

Read more
Local News
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.


Read more
Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Pre-Diabetes Screening & Living With Diabetes

We are faced with so many food choices these days, especially processed foods, that it's easy to eat badly. Unhealthy eating and other lifestyle choices can lead to the development of diabetes. Carolinas Healthcare System and the YMCA recognized the rise in North Carolinians with Diabetes and an even larger number of folks at risk for developing the condition. They have introduced a program to help everyone recognize the signs of diabetes, take steps to avoid developing it and to learn to maintain, and in some case, reverse the effects. CHS and the YMCA are out to raise diabetes awareness and we'll learn too.

Read more
Local News
5:43 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Hospitals Make Pitch For Inpatient Beds

Bill Voerster speaks to state officials and the audience at a public hearing on competition for inpatient hospital beds.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Carolinas HealthCare System and Novant Health insist they need more beds to treat patients in Mecklenburg County. They made their cases to the state during a public meeting Tuesday in Charlotte. But the state won't let them both get as many beds as they want.


Read more
Local News
8:30 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Novant Health, Carolinas HealthCare System Compete For Inpatient Beds

Novant Health and Carolinas HealthCare System are running out of room at two of their hospitals in Mecklenburg County, so both systems are asking the state if they can add more inpatient beds. The state is holding a public hearing on that Tuesday morning.


Read more
Local News
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.


Read more
Local News
5:54 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

NC Medicaid Advisory Group: 'No Decisions' On Overhaul Yet

North Carolina's proposed Medicaid overhaul may change significantly. That's the message from an advisory group the governor and legislature put together, which met for the first time Thursday.


Read more
Local News
4:59 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

NC Medicaid Providers Say New Payment System Is Improving

Some doctors in North Carolina still haven't gotten paid for Medicaid services five months after the state rolled out a new system for Medicaid providers, called NC Tracks. But the system is improving, according to a legislative oversight committee that met Monday.


Read more
Local News
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.


Read more

Pages