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Budget plan would give teachers raises, cap film incentive

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videoA budget plan unveiled by Republican leaders in Raleigh today would mean more money to teachers and less money for Hollywood. Full story...
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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 Senate to discuss Medicaid overhaul proposal

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The Senate says it has a North Carolina Medicaid reform bill to discuss after the House passed its own plan recently that would shift financial risk of the government health insurance to doctors and hospitals. Full story...
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McCrory willing to review Medicaid expansion later

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Gov. Pat McCrory says he'd be willing to consider expanding Medicaid in North Carolina through the federal health care overhaul law once the state's system is repaired after years of cost overruns. Full story...
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NC House seeks average 5 percent teacher raises

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North Carolina public school teachers would get average 5 percent raises without having to give up any job protections in the budget proposal House Republicans have written. Full story...
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NC Senate Republicans defend budget choices

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North Carolina Senate Republicans are defending cuts proposed in their state government budget proposal to pay for teacher raises and for changes to Medicaid that reject Gov. Pat McCrory's reform plan. Full story...
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Wos, NC lawmakers at odds during meeting

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The heat has been turned up on North Carolina's health agency secretary by legislative leaders questioning whether her office can operate the department effectively and pull off Medicaid reform. Full story...
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NC Medicaid shortfall estimated from $69M to $140M

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North Carolina officials say they expect a funding shortfall for the state's Medicaid system for this fiscal year. But it doesn't appear at the moment to be as large as last year. Full story...
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NC health agency mapping Medicaid overhaul plan

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Gov. Pat McCrory's health agency is backing away from initial proposals to fix Medicaid costs by hiring a handful of big managed care organizations to run North Carolina's $13 billion health care system. Full story...
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NC doctors sue state over Medicaid payment delays

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A group of North Carolina doctors has filed a class-action lawsuit seeking millions in damages from the state and its contractors over flawed computer programs that severely delayed Medicaid reimbursements. Full story...
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NC DHHS secretary apologizes for privacy breach

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The head of North Carolina's troubled health department is apologizing for sending Medicaid cards for nearly 49,000 children to the wrong recipients, but says her agency is dealing with unprecedented changes as a result of the federal healthcare overhaul. Full story...
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GOP-led panel: No queries on Medicaid card misfire

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State legislators with responsibility for overseeing state government computer systems are showing little interest in investigating last week's massive privacy breach at the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Full story...
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DHHS sent nearly 49,000 Medicaid cards for kids to wrong addresses

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videoThe North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services says it mailed nearly 49,000 new Medicaid cards for children to the wrong people. DHHS says the cards show the child's name, Medicaid identification number, date of birth and primary care physician. Full story...
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Protests of NC Republican policies back in Raleigh

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The movement against policies approved by the Republican-led North Carolina legislature is returning to Raleigh to pressure Gov. Pat McCrory to convene a special session on Medicaid and unemployment benefits. Full story...
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NC officials say Medicaid billing progress made

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North Carolina health officials say more medical providers are getting the hang of a new Medicaid billing system after its rocky first few months in operation. But not all state lawmakers are convinced the NCTracks system has turned the corner. Full story...
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