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NC DHHS challenging judge’s order on home-based services for people with disabilities

By Anne Blythe Four weeks after a state superior court judge issued a far-reaching ruling ordering North Carolina to deliver services in home settings to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, the state is appealing the decision. Kody Kinsley, secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services, announced the decision on Wednesday during…

It’s open enrollment season. Here’s what you need to know.

By Clarissa Donnelly-DeRoven It’s the time of year when millions of North Carolinians will pore through health insurance offerings trying to determine what will be the best coverage for them this coming year. Just under half of the state’s residents receive insurance from their employers, the state’s 710,000 Medicare recipients need to update their enrollment,…

PFAS contamination likely at 58,000 sites in US: Study

By Jennifer Allen Coastal Review Online Researchers for a recent study found that 57,412 sites nationwide, including 1,452 in North Carolina, are presumed to be contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. The PFAS Project Lab research team published in mid-October its findings, “Presumptive Contamination: A New Approach to PFAS Contamination Based on Likely Sources,” in…

Hospitals said they lost money on Medicare patients. Some made millions, a state report finds.

By Fred Clasen-Kelly Kaiser Health News Atrium Health, the largest hospital system in North Carolina, has declared publicly that in 2019 it provided $640 million in services to Medicare patients that were never paid for, by far the largest “community benefit” it provided that year. Like other nonprofit hospitals around the nation, Atrium logs losses…

1 in 5 births nationwide are to people with disabilities, but these  patients don’t always get the care they need

By Clarissa Donnelly-DeRoven In her regular life, Asheville resident Tiffany Grzankowski lives with a lot of pain. She has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a cluster of genetic disorders that impacts connective tissue. For Grzankowski, in addition to chronic pain, EDS means her blood pressure and heart rate rise and fall without much warning, she breaks bones easily,…

No internet, no telehealth: Rural North Carolina residents struggle to connect with doctors virtually

By Shelby Harris Carolina Public Press Two summers ago, Lee Berger sat in her Macon County, N.C., home hunched over a laptop — pulling the small computer closer to her face.  It was Berger’s first telehealth appointment, a routine check-up with her primary care physician, and she couldn’t hear what the doctor was saying.  Berger thought about…