Archive: Obamacare in North Carolina

  • Poll: Medicaid Expansion A Loser, Say N.C. Voters

    RALEIGH — More than half of North Carolina voters and 70 percent of Republicans would be less likely to re-elect Gov. Pat McCrory if he supported the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare, according to a poll released today by the Foundation for Government Accountability. FGA senior fellow Christie Herrera says…

  • Democrats Push For Medicaid Expansion

    RALEIGH — Medicaid expansion is an outgrowth of Obamacare. The federal government offered to pay 100 percent of the costs of newly enrolled Medicaid patients for the first three years in the states that expanded their eligibility, with the reimbursement rate shrinking gradually to 90 percent by 2020. But several…

  • Lawmakers Hear Dire Assessment of Obamacare Impacts

    RALEIGH — State lawmakers were presented Tuesday with a litany of potential horror stories related to the federal Affordable Care Act. At its worst, Obamacare would sock North Carolina with thousands of job losses, double-digit insurance premium increases, deep Medicare cuts to help pay for the health reform, and insolvent…

  • AARP Continues Push for Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

    RALEIGH — State AARP officials Friday rolled out their 2014 legislative priorities, and among them were safeguarding Medicare from cost-cutting, expanding Medicaid, and helping more seniors not yet eligible for Medicare to enroll in the federal health exchange.

  • Statewide Health Records Exchange Raises Privacy Concerns

    RALEIGH — As the North Carolina medical community presses ahead with a sweeping conversion to electronic health records, privacy advocates warn that confidential medical data is in jeopardy, and patients’ most intimate health information could be used in harmful ways against them — or at a minimum mined for profit…

  • Friday Interview: Obamacare and Religious Liberty

    RALEIGH — The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled recently that an Oklahoma City-based company, Hobby Lobby, could proceed with a lawsuit challenging a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate linked to Obamacare. The mandate requires companies to provide insurance covering birth control. Hobby Lobby’s…

  • Stimulus-Funded N.C. Health Exchange Gathers Dust

    RALEIGH — The North Carolina Health Information Exchange originally was charged with creating a state-level information technology clearinghouse to store patient medical records that could be used to expedite care and aid researchers and health providers across the state. Instead, few facilities and practitioners are using it.

  • State GOP Officials Mum About Joining Obamacare Lawsuits

    RALEIGH — One of the state’s largest business organizations is keeping a close eye on two federal lawsuits challenging the authority of the IRS to collect Obamacare taxes in states, including North Carolina, that did not set up state-run health insurance exchanges. Even so, GOP elected officials will not say…