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Auditor Beth Wood, a Democrat, had hired Gruber to analyze the state’s Community Care of North Carolina program, which provides managed care to the poor and disabled. Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and state lawmakers involved in reforming the state’s Medicaid system were studying whether to include the Community Care program in the reformed system.

People renewing health insurance bought on the Affordable Care Act exchange are seeing higher rate increases in Charlotte and North Carolina than most places across the country, a flurry of national analyses show.

House Republicans filed a federal lawsuit Friday accusing the Obama administration of exceeding its constitutional powers in carrying out President Barack Obama's prized health care law, giving legal voice to conservatives who have long protested that he has abused his office's authority.

The Obama administration downsized the nation’s marketplace health insurance enrollment to 6.7 million people on Thursday after House investigators found the original estimates for medical coverage included 400,000 people who only had dental coverage.

North Carolina senior citizens who choose private Medicare policies are seeing an unusual level of turmoil this year, with more than 57,000 notified their plans won’t be offered in 2015.

Health sharing ministries, a Christian alternative to insurance, are booming in the wake of Obamacare, creating a new twist in an already complex health care system.

North Carolina advocates report a smooth launch as the federal health insurance exchange opens for 2015 enrollment Saturday.

Starting Nov. 15, consumers can sign up for health insurance on the federal or state health exchanges. Officials say they have worked out many of the technical problems that plagued last year’s enrollment.

The second sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health overhaul opened, with hopes that this time consumers will have a positive experience. Obama says about a half-million people logged into the federal government's website on Saturday, the first day of open enrollment.

The new federal health care law means legions of uninsured and newly insured people face a daunting task in filing their tax returns for this year.


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