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Half a million people in less than a dozen states have lost Medicaid coverage since April

BY: - June 2, 2023

More than 500,000 people across 11 states have lost their Medicaid coverage since the unwinding of a policy that allowed people to stay in the program throughout the pandemic. The data, reported by the states and tracked by health policy researcher KFF, shows that of the five states providing data on people who lost Medicaid […]

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GOP’s desired work requirements for federal aid would kick roughly 21M from anti-poverty programs

BY: - May 23, 2023

Congressional Republicans’ efforts to slash federal spending by tying work requirements to Medicaid and SNAP would have far-reaching consequences for people with mental health issues, chronic health problems, and some people with disabilities if enacted, policy experts on anti-poverty programs say. They say the work requirements as laid out by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s “Limit, […]

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Thousands face Medicaid whiplash in South Dakota and North Carolina

BY: - May 22, 2023

This story was first published by KFF Health News. Until recently, Jonathon Murray relied on Medicaid to pay for treatments for multiple health conditions, including chronic insomnia. Murray, a 20-year-old restaurant worker from the college town of Brookings, South Dakota, said that without his medication, he would stay awake for several nights in a row. […]

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DACA recipients to gain health coverage under new plan from Biden administration

BY: - April 13, 2023

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Thursday that he will direct his administration to allow undocumented people in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to enroll in Medicaid or private insurance provided under the Affordable Care Act. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will issue a proposed rule on the policy by […]

Rep. Marcia Morey discusses sports wagering, repeal of the state’s pistol permit system

BY: - April 10, 2023

State Rep. Marcia Morey of Durham County provides an update on the events at the General Assembly – including the disturbing votes to repeal the state’s pistol permit system and introduce online sports gambling to the state.

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Weekend reads: High schoolers take a stand against gun violence, North Carolina’s chronic public employee shortage, and NC environmental, public health groups get their day in court

BY: - February 26, 2023

In this issue: 1. Durham high school students plead with state leaders for action to combat gun violence “Thoughts and prayers” are no longer enough to protect children from gun violence, says Durham Hillside High School Principal William Logan. Gunviolence proliferates, Logan said, because guns are too readily available, and lawmakers are unwilling to pass […]

Medicaid recipients with disabilities at risk of losing their doctors if health care providers don’t sign contracts

BY: - February 20, 2023

People who use Medicaid and have severe mental illness, substance use disorders or developmental disabilities soon might have to switch doctors if their health care providers don’t sign on with new managed care plans.   These providers include many of the state’s large health systems, major hospitals and their physicians’ offices. They have been slow to sign on to Medicaid managed care networks that the state calls tailored plans. These plans are supposed to cover both the physical and mental health needs of people with behavioral health or cognitive disorders.  

Rural hospitals gird for unwinding of pandemic Medicaid coverage

BY: - February 20, 2023

Experts say looming change underscores the urgency of Medicaid expansion bill advancing at the NC General Assembly Donald Lloyd, CEO and president of St. Claire HealthCare in Morehead, Kentucky, has spent more than a year dealing with higher costs for food and medical supplies for his regional hospital. Now he’s trying to prepare for another […]

300,000 North Carolinians who were able to use government health insurance since 2020 could lose it

BY: - January 23, 2023

About 300,000 people in North Carolina are on track to lose their government health insurance by the middle of next year.   That estimate comes from the state Department for Health and Human Services, which is preparing plans to have Medicaid recipients’ family, health, and income information checked to make sure they are eligible for the insurance plan.

GOP election gains in North Carolina make for a more conservative legislature with a long agenda 

BY: - January 10, 2023

The North Carolina legislative session begins Wednesday with a more conservative House and Senate and an environment in which GOP leaders will have an easier time pushing state laws and policies further to the right.   Republicans gained seats in both the House and Senate in the November election. The GOP won a veto-proof majority in the Senate and is one vote shy of a veto-proof majority in the House, making it much more likely that Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes can be overturned.