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Affordable Care Act

Eagerness, anger at NC health coverage deadline

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Efforts by the Obama administration and more than 100 North Carolina hospitals, community- and safety-net organizations to get people to sign up for subsidized private health insurance are reaching the end. Full story...
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Hagan hedges on Obamacare questions

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videoAfter filing for reelection this week Sen. Kay Hagan (D-North Carolina) dodged reporters' questions about a broken promise that North Carolinians could keep their insurance policies. Today we asked her again about the estimated 473,000 residents that faced cancellations when the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, launched last fall and when she knew it might happen. Full story...
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Insurers extend time to pay for NC health policies

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The two health insurance companies selling policies on the federal marketplace for North Carolina consumers are extending payment deadlines on plans taking effect this month. Full story...
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Justice delays health law's birth control mandate

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The Supreme Court has thrown a hitch into President Barack Obama's new health care law by blocking a requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control. Full story...
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NC OKs higher rates to keep Blue Cross policies

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North Carolina's insurance commissioner is clearing the state's largest health insurer to raise premiums by between 16 percent and 24 percent on policies that would have been canceled for failing to meet minimum requirements required by the new federal law. Full story...
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Goodwin vows quick approvals for new health plans

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North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin says his agency will expedite a review of 2014 health plans following President Obama's announcement that companies could continue offering policies that don't meet minimum requirements under the Affordable Care Act. Full story...
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Hagan raising money with VP as GOP criticism rises

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Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan is wrapping up a difficult week both defending and criticizing the health care overhaul with a return to North Carolina to raise money for her re-election campaign with help from Vice President Joe Biden. Full story...
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McIntyre crosses aisle, votes for GOP Obamacare reforms

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The Republican-controlled House has passed legislation letting insurance companies sell individual coverage to all comers, even if it falls short of standards set in "Obamacare." Full story...
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Obama move on cancelled plans may touch 475K in NC

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Some of the nearly 475,000 North Carolina residents whose health insurance policies were canceled by their companies for not meeting new federal coverage standards may get to keep the policies. Full story...
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Obama will allow old insurance plans

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videoPresident Barack Obama says he hears Americans who are upset about losing their health insurance "loud and clear" and is offering a fix. Obama on Thursday announced that insurance companies can keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be cancelled. Full story...
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McCrory opposes state run health exchange

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he does not think the state is ready to run health exchanges called for in the Affordable Care Act. Full story...
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New nutrition labels could come at high price for stores

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videoThe Food and Drug Administration is proposing a rule requiring stores to label prepared, unpackaged foods with nutritional information, and if they don't follow the rules, they could face jail time. But the software to test these foods could be pricy. Even so, some businesses are on board. Full story...
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NC Medicaid's management criticized in new audit

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he is withholding judgment on whether the state should expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act until his administration can fix serious mismanagement within the program. Full story...
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NC to build state-federal online insurance market

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North Carolina's version of a new one-stop shop to help people buy affordable health insurance will be run partly by the state and partly by the federal government. Full story...
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NC isn't set on Medicaid changes in US health law

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While other Southern states already have drawn the line on the federal health care overhaul, North Carolina doesn't seem quite settled on whether to commit to insuring hundreds of thousands more people starting in 2014. Full story...
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