Medicaid

This story may sound familiar.

The scene: Raleigh.

The plot: A lawmaker introduces a plan to expand Medicaid, the federal insurance program for the poor and disabled.

This has been done a number of times before. And each time has gone nowhere. But this time there's a twist.

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On Tuesday, a new plan to expand Medicaid coverage in North Carolina was rolled out. But this one is different. It's proposed by a powerful Republican leader in the state House.

South Carolina Representative Chris Corley, accused of beating his wife bloody, resigned Tuesday rather than be expelled from the Statehouse. Corley, a Republican, still faces a felony aggravated domestic violence charge that could put him in prison for up to 20 years.

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The future of the Affordable Care Act dominated the news Wednesday. While Democrats and Republicans huddled on Capitol Hill to discuss the future of the law, here in North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced his plan to expand Medicaid in the state.

www.physiciansfoundation.org

Doctors in North Carolina are feeling the effects of certain national health care trends but bucking others. The Physicians Foundation's 2016 survey shows high burnout but lower hospital consolidation in North Carolina.

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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.

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A hospital about two hours west of Charlotte is at the center of a $115 million settlement announced by the U.S. Attorney’s office yesterday. The case involves whistle-blowers, allegations of government fraud and illegal kickbacks to doctors.  

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After two years of debating how to change North Carolina's most expensive health care program, state lawmakers will vote on a Medicaid overhaul Tuesday. The model negotiators settled on is a mix of two previous proposals.

As North Carolina lawmakers debate how to overhaul the state's Medicaid program, there's now a new report on how well a major part of the current program is working. The state auditor released a report Thursday on Community Care of North Carolina, which coordinates services for about 80 percent of the state's Medicaid recipients.

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The North Carolina Senate has tentatively passed big changes to Medicaid and sales tax distributions. Senate leaders are calling the bills compromises, but there are still differences to work out with the House.

On Medicaid, Senate leaders favor giving insurance companies more responsibility for managing the government health care program. The House and Governor Pat McCrory would rather give that authority to groups of doctors and hospitals. So the Senate is advancing a bill that allows both insurance companies and groups of doctors and hospitals to take more control.

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