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House panel OKs halting treasurer health care pricing change

from The Virginian Pilot

Some North Carolina legislators agreed Tuesday to derail pending pricing changes for the state employee health insurance plan that hospital leaders argue won't solve the problems that State Treasurer Dale Folwell seeks to address. Members of the House Health Committee overwhelmingly voted to block Folwell's new pricing system he wanted to start in January for the State Health Plan, which pays well over $3 billion in medical expenses annually for 720,000 state workers, public school teachers, retirees and their family members. Instead, the panel passed a measure that would create a blue ribbon commission that could recommend a new payment design for the plan in mid-December. more


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