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NC Senate passes Medicaid reform legislation

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The North Carolina Senate has given tentative approval to a bill that changes how Medicaid is administered and paid for in the state. Senators approved the measure, 28-17, on Thursday. It would create a new state agency to oversee and manage Medicaid and partially privatize it. The bill would carve out Medicaid regions in the state where both private companies and hospital-led health plans would compete for contracts to serve patients there. Full story...
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NC sterilization agency reports 780 claims filed

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Nearly 800 people thought to be victims of North Carolina's sterilization program have submitted forms to claim compensation from the state. The Office for Justice of Sterilization Victims says as of July 17, it has received 780 forms from potential eugenics board victims. They had until June 30 to submit a claim to be considered for compensation. Full story...
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McCrory signs bill sponsored by late lawmaker

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Legislation to protect health care workers sponsored by a North Carolina lawmaker who died last weekend has been signed into law. Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill sponsored by the late Rep. Jim Fulghum on Tuesday. Full story...
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Health officials confirm chikungunya in Cabarrus

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Cabarrus County health officials have confirmed the county's first case of chikungunya, saying the patient was infected while traveling in a Caribbean country. There have been nine other cases in North Carolina. In each instance, the person infected had traveled to the Caribbean. Full story...
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Health agency says it's OK to use Dan River

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North Carolina's public health agency is recommending lifting a recreational water advisory for a river that was polluted by a massive coal ash spill in February. The Department of Health and Human Services recommendation Tuesday comes a week after federal environmental officials said Duke Energy has completed removal of large pockets of coal ash from the Dan River. Full story...
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