Health care (page 282)

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    Mercer Review of NC DHHS

    A recent Mercer Organization Review of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services (Division) told a great deal about the organizations ability to manage standards and quality of state general and federal block grant funds that…
    Nicole Fisher, April 26, 2011
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    The State’s Employee Health Benefits Mess

    Like all fifty states, North Carolina provides health care benefits for its state employees. Unlike other states, North Carolina paid for 100 percent of the monthly premium costs for a basic or “standard” health plan for individual employees plans in 2009, and was one of only seven states at…
    Nicole Fisher, April 19, 2011
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    You Can’t Be In Two Places At Once

    It may seem like an obvious physical limitation that no one person can be in two places at once. However, it seems that legislators at both the state and federal level are having a hard time grasping that this concept also applies to money. As budgets are being released we…
    Nicole Fisher, April 18, 2011
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    Why must hospitals “battle” to expand in Wake County?

    That’s the headline from the N&O: “Hospitals begin battle to expand in Wake County.” From the article: Three hospital systems will submit proposals with state regulators today, seeking permission to expand in Raleigh, Cary and Holly Springs. WakeMed, Rex Healthcare and Novant Health will file so-called Certificate of Need…
    Jon Sanders, April 15, 2011
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    Helping people without a license

    Live Blog You can have a complaint filed against you for explaining traffic patterns too well. You need a license to braid hair, and there are even hurdles to opening a hot dog stand. Rick Henderson's explanation of the thinking behind this is helpful. At least we don't have…
    Joseph Coletti, April 15, 2011
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    One of the top responsibilities state lawmakers face this year involves drawing new maps for the 2012 congressional and legislative elections. Becki Gray discusses the redistricting process during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Speaking of legislative issues, you’ll hear highlights from a debate over a proposed…
    Mitch Kokai, April 15, 2011
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    Senate votes to override Perdue’s veto on the State Health Plan fix

    From Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger’s office: Senate votes, again, to keep State Health Plan afloat Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina Senate today voted to override Gov. Beverly Perdue’s veto of a bill that closes a half-billion dollar deficit in the State Health Plan.
    Mitch Kokai, April 14, 2011
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    House budget, first look

    Live Blog House Appropriations subcommittees started debate yesterday on the specifics what it means to balance the budget in a pro-family, pro-growth way. Proposed savings in primary and secondary education of $694 million are midway between Gov. Perdue's $351 million and the John Locke Foundation's $1 billion. Community College…
    Joseph Coletti, April 13, 2011