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Health Insurance

Perdue vetoes health plan, student loan bills

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Gov. Bev Perdue has vetoed two bills, including one that would have required monthly premiums for all active North Carolina state workers and teachers for health insurance. Full story...
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NC fight brews over who benefits from health pool

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The North Carolina health insurance marketplace for individuals and small businesses taking shape in the General Assembly is drawing howls from consumer advocates. Full story...
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$515 million proposal would save NC health plan

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North Carolina state employees and school teachers would pay a monthly premium for their own coverage for the first time and face higher co-pays and deductibles to keep the health plan solvent in legislation given initial approval by the Senate. Full story...
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Plan puts NC health insurance on chopping block

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Most of North Carolina's state workers, teachers and retirees would pay more for health insurance but get fewer benefits under a half-billion-dollar change being considered by lawmakers. Full story...
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Local medical experts discuss health care reform

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video It's a big concern for most Americans -- health care. With Republicans dominating the polls in last week's elections many say their first priority in Washington is health care reform legislation. Full story...
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Health care changes bring relief, confusion

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video Today new health care laws go into effect that will bring a sigh of relief to some Americans. For others they only bring confusion. Full story...
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Blue Cross and Blue Shield to issue refunds, raise rates

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North Carolina's largest health insurer says it will refund $155 million to more than 215,000 individual policyholders as a result of the Affordable Care Act that took effect earlier this year. Full story...
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NC High Risk Insurance Pool coming to Bladen County

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While we wait for the new health care law to go into effect, the state's high risk insurance pool is coming to Bladen County to enroll more people. Full story...
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Organizing for America rallies for health insurance reform

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Health insurance reform supporters rallied in Wilmington for their cause Tuesday afternoon. Members of the grassroots group Organizing for America held a news conference at Central Missionary Baptist Church. Full story...
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Mock town hall meeting organized for health reform

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One local woman wants to be heard loud and clear by our Congressional representatives on the issue of health care reform. Mary Kay Mason is organizing a "mock" town hall meeting to give concerned residents an opportunity to voice their opinions. Full story...
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Patients with existing condition can get insurance help from state

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If you have trouble getting health insurance because of a pre-existing condition, a new state program may be able to help. Full story...
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Blue Cross / Blue Shield to offer free generic drugs

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videoAround a million people in North Carolina who are fully covered by Blue Cross / Blue Shield, may qualify to get generic drugs at no additional out-of-pocket cost for the at least the next six months. Full story...
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Health care for those who lack proper insurance

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videoHealth care experts say the link comes down to dollars and cents; those with more money tend to be healthier, but that doesn't have to be the case. Full story...
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Free health exams draw hundreds

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videoThe Brunswick County Health Department is offering free health exams this weekend. The exams are open to everybody and no registration or ID is required. Full story...
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