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Many States with Few Insured Citizens Aren’t Expanding Medicaid under Obamacare , 9-17-13, Washington Post  

Niraj Chokshi reports states whose citizens are most likely to be uninsured are also more likely than not to refuse extra aid under the president’s health-care law.

Percentage of Americans Lacking Health Coverage Falls Again, 9-17-13, New York Times  

Robert Pear reports for the second year in a row, the proportion of Americans without health insurance declined in 2012, even though real household income and the poverty rate were not significantly different from their 2011 levels.

1st New Medical School in NC in Decades Hopes To Help Fill “Doctor Gap”, 9-19-13, WITN

Thursday September 19 was the official grand opening of North Carolina’s first new medical school in 35 years in Harnett County at Campbell University. Legislators, health care leaders, including North Carolina Medical Society CEO Bob Seligson, and Governor Pat McCrory were on hand for the ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony.

Billing System Issues Remain, 9-21-13, Carteret County News-Times   

Anna Harvey reports nearly three months after the implementation of NCTracks, the state’s new computerized Medicaid billing system; another major problem has been discovered in Carteret County before the initial problems have even been solved.

New Rules Pose Complex Challenges for Providers, 9-21-13, Modern HealthCare  

Joe Carlson reports safeguarding patients’ personal health information has become a more complicated job thanks to a raft of new federal rules going into effect this week for healthcare companies and an untold number of their subcontractors.

Lower Health Insurance Premiums to Come at Cost of Fewer Choices, 9-22-13, New York Times  

Robert Pear reports federal officials often say that health insurance will cost consumers less than expected under President Obama’s health care law. But they rarely mention one big reason: many insurers are significantly limiting the choices of doctors and hospitals available to consumers.

Path Forward on Medicaid Unclear, 9-22-13, WRAL  

Mark Binker reports Governor Pat McCrory has been talking about the big changes are coming to how the state runs and pays for the $14 billion Medicaid program, but in reality, there are few substantial changes McCrory can push through without the blessing of state lawmakers and the federal bureaucracy.

HHS Starts Features to Help Consumers Learn Insurance, 9-23, 13, USA Today  

Kelly Kennedy reports the government launched a new webpage, training videos and infographics to help Americans better understand the health insurance exchanges that will launch Oct. 1.

Rules Sought for Workplace Wellness Questionnaires, 9-24-13, New York Times

Natasha Singer reports a federal lawmaker is asking the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate employer wellness programs that seek intimate health information from employees, and to issue guidelines preventing employers from using such programs to discriminate against workers.

How much will Obamacare Premiums Cost?, 9-25-13, Washington Post  

Sandhya Somashekhar and Sarah Kliff report the Department of Health and Human Services released a report showing significant variation in the insurance premiums that Americans shopping on the individual market could pay under the president’s health-care overhaul.

Wake Forest leading new $75M Military Medicine Effort, 9-27-13, Business Journal  

Matt Evans reports the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, including lead researcher and North Carolina Medical Society member Dr. Anthony Atala, will take the lead in the second phase of the military’s efforts to apply regenerative medicine techniques to battlefield injuries.


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