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Waiting: Mother watches her disabled son grow old on wait lists 

They saw a helicopter hover for a moment above the hospital, and head east. They weren’t sure, but they thought their son was inside.  Jean and Dale Andersen didn’t know how bad it was. An hour before, Dale had been calling his 19-year-old son up from the basement, wanting to believe his son was there,...

Julie Havlak
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Stuck: Disabled adults struggle to get care 

It’s just a matter of time before Matt Potter is on his own.   He knows that eventually he will have to rely on staff — to lift him, to change him, to prepare his meals — but that, all too often, the staff just might not be there.   “It keeps him up at night. He...

Julie Havlak
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Experts discuss implications of Medicaid expansion in N.C.

Expanding Medicaid in North Carolina would reverberate throughout the state in disparate yet significant ways, affecting rural communities, people without jobs, as well as the uninsured and insured alike. Thought leaders gathered Tuesday, Sept. 24, in Lexington for the first in a series of discussions on Medicaid and health care. N.C. Institute of Political Leadership’s...

Branson Inscore
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Dollars and debt: How long can Medicaid expansion last? 

To bear the burden of expanding Medicaid, states rely on Uncle Sam to pick up 90% of the costs. So far, the federal government hasn’t failed. But how sustainable is the Medicaid program, really?  Expanding Medicaid in North Carolina would cost roughly $2 billion in the first year, but the federal funds — meaning taxes...

Julie Havlak

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Medicaid expansion: Coverage climbs as costs soar in the Buckeye State

For people looking to sink talk of Medicaid expansion in North Carolina, Ohio is the go-to state to paint as a Medicaid debacle.  It has made the news for its waiting lists, for budget overruns, for pharmacy deserts, and for a major health insurer looking to leave the state.   The state first embraced full Medicaid...

Julie Havlak
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House committee passes GOP version of Medicaid expansion

The Republican version of Medicaid expansion will move to the House floor.  NC Healthcare for Working Families passed the House Health Committee on Wednesday, Sept. 18.  For more than an hour, the debate revolved around the two pillars of the GOP version of Medicaid expansion — work requirements and premium co-pays. Predictably, Democrats tried to...

Julie Havlak
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North Carolinians falling into health care coverage gap 

North Carolina doesn’t just have a health care gap. Large fissures riddle the system.   North Carolina has the 10th highest uninsured rate in the country, but it fares just as badly for how it cares for the disabled in the Case for Inclusion rankings.   In North Carolina, only low-income children, pregnant women, the elderly, disabled...

Julie Havlak
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No easy path for budget override in state Senate 

The fate of the budget veto override lies in the Senate, but don’t expect a vote any time soon.  For now, redistricting is the Senate’s primary focus.  Bill D’Elia, spokesman for Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, said the Senate is laser-focused on finishing the process of redrawing the legislative maps as required by a three-judge...

Lindsay Marchello
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Budget veto override may put Medicaid expansion back in play

The budget passed the N.C. House in a controversial veto override, but the debate over Medicaid expansion is far from over.  House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, promised a vote on Medicaid expansion after a veto override passed. He said members will debate the Republican version of the plan, House Bill 655, this week. The Senate,...

Julie Havlak
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How one career mishap plunged an uninsured Charlotte woman to poverty 

[Editor’s note: This story is part of “Cracks and Fissures,” a Carolina Journal series of articles about the implications for North Carolinians of the coverage gap between people eligible for Medicare or Medicaid and those with private health insurance. Gov. Roy Cooper is pushing expansion of Medicaid to cover the working poor but the GOP...

Brooke Conrad