Medicaid privatization in North Carolina faces a legal challenge by My Health by Health Providers, but the state health department is moving ahead with implementation. Aetna, Optima are also mulling appeals of the $6 billion contract.
North Carolina has privatized Medicaid and is implementing changes this year. The state legislature is also expected to consider expanding the federal health program to low-income people who are currently not covered.
N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announces five organizations that will administer the $6 billion annual Medicaid program under a new privatization model mandated by the state legislature in 2015.
North Carolina logged two flu deaths in the week ending Jan. 12, bringing the total to 22 this flu season. At the same time last year, the state had 48 flu deaths in the most deadly flu season since 2009.
Blue Cross and five hospital systems have announced a strategy to bring down health care costs. Blue Premier will require Blue Cross and providers to share the financial rewards and risks for patient care.
More than 500,000 people enrolled in Affordable Care Act plans for 2019, and the federal government is still counting people who signed up. Big rate cuts by Blue Cross helped push up enrollment totals.
Changes to the Affordable Care Act mean that next year you could pay less for coverage and face no fines for not having coverage. It could also mean your doctor is no longer in the insurer’s network and you’ll pay more.
The UNC System Board of Governors is expected to select a new leader to replace William Roper as head of UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine on Dec. 14. There are two finalists for the position.
The N.C. Restaurant & Lodging Association is offering a type of association health plan touted by Trump administration. But the group halted marketing Friday because the health plan may not be legal in North Carolina.
At least three dozen kids at Asheville Waldorf School have come down with the chickenpox in what state health officials are calling the worst outbreak of the disease since a vaccine was introduced in 1995.
Led by an increased demand for natural birthing options, Rex Hospital has credentialed its first midwife in over a decade. She in on call 24/7, until more midwives join her in delivering babies using time-tested methods to prevent complications.