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Coalition starts bid to expand Medicaid in North Carolina

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A coalition of groups is beginning an effort to expand Medicaid in North Carolina despite opposition from Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly. The Charlotte Observer reports the various group gathered for a news conference Wednesday to outline their plans. Full story...
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Idea slowed to shift NC Medicaid program oversight to panel

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Momentum has slowed for a proposal to shift control of North Carolina's Medicaid program from the Department of Health and Human Services to a new eight-member panel of health experts. The General Assembly's government watchdog oversight committee met Wednesday but didn't vote as previously expected on legislation recommended last week by one of its subcommittees. Full story...
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McCrory joins other governors for DC meeting with Obama

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says President Barack Obama was receptive to ideas about Medicaid reform and other issues during a discussion between the president, himself and three other governors. That's McCrory take from Tuesday's White House meeting with Obama and members of the National Governors Association's Executive Committee. McCrory joined the panel last summer. Full story...
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NC Medicaid projects running in black this year

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North Carolina's Medicaid office is predicting a small budget surplus this fiscal year despite higher than expected spending in prescription drug use and continued enrollment growth for the state's health insurance program for poor people. Full story...
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NAACP holds post-election news conference, urges emergency Medicaid meeting

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video Rev. Dr. William Barber and other NAACP officials held a news conference in Wilmington this morning, urging Governor Pat McCrory and Senator-elect Thom Tillis to meet about Medicaid expansion. Full story...
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NC agency reviewing Medicaid expansion options

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North Carolina's health secretary says her agency is collecting information for Gov. Pat McCrory to offer him possible options for expanding Medicaid coverage under the federal health care overhaul. Full story...
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DHHS Oversight,1st Ld NC health officials highlight Medicaid finances

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North Carolina health officials are celebrating a positive cash balance within the state Medicaid agency for the most recent fiscal year. They're also crediting a consultant's work for helping bring Medicaid finances under control. The state budget office told a General Assembly oversight committee Tuesday that Medicaid had $64 million remaining when the year ended June 30. The state Department of Health and Human Services is in charge of Medicaid. Full story...
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NC conservative activist quits $95K health job

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A North Carolina anti-abortion activist and tea party organizer is quitting her $95,000-a-year job as a senior Medicaid adviser after a year. The state Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday that Margaret "Mardy" Peal is resigning next month. The single mother said she wanted more time with her family. Full story...
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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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