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Judge rules for Aetna, against Blue Cross in State Health Plan dispute

An administrative law judge has upheld the decision to replace Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina with Aetna as third-party administrator of the State Health Plan for government workers and retirees. Blue Cross had challenged the process used to grant the TPA contract to Aetna.

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Cooper plan would give hospitals extra Medicaid money to forgive medical debt

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Monday that he and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) are trying to entice hospitals with extra Medicaid funding in exchange for eliminating billions in medical debt and preventing it from occurring in the future.

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Kinston condemnation ruling could affect state Supreme Court CON case

A recent state Supreme Court ruling in a lawsuit over Kinston’s property condemnation practices could have an impact on a separate case involving state health care regulation. The state Supreme Court issued an order Friday setting a 30-day deadline for new briefs in the case Singleton v. North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The case challenges North Carolina’s certificate-of-need law.

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Lawmakers unanimously pass ‘Right to Try’ through state legislature

State lawmakers have given unanimous final passage to "Right to Try Individualized Treatments" (House Bill 98). The measure seek to allow patients with terminal or severely debilitating diseases, who have exhausted all other options, to partake in experimental treatments when recommended by a physician. 

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Mask restrictions become law after Senate overrides 3 Cooper vetoes

Following the override votes in the NC House Wednesday, the NC Senate followed suit in overriding the three vetoes on Thursday afternoon, making for a total of 22 veto overrides this biennium. All three pieces of legislation now become law, notwithstanding the objections of Gov. Roy Cooper.

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NC Senate approves medical marijuana as conservative support grows

Though some Republicans remain skeptical of a regulated medical cannabis supply system, many conservatives support legalizing cannabis for medical purposes, including Cassie Clark, a North Carolina-based blogger whose content celebrates all the state has to offer.

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Appeals Court splits in blocking Novant’s purchase of two Iredell hospitals

A split federal Appeals Court panel has blocked Novant Health’s $320 million purchase of two Iredell County hospitals. The Federal Trade Commission had asked the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals to issue an injunction as the federal agency appeals a lower court order.

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