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Henderson County News

Health care for neediest faces a ‘tidal wave on horizon’

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Henderson County social workers are bracing for a wave of confusion and anxiety from Medicaid recipients who are scheduled to choose managed care plans starting Oct. 1 in place of traditional fee-for-service health coverage. And even if the county weathers the transition, those patients may then confront a severe shortage of doctors willing to treat them, county officials say.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | Affordable Care Act | Medicaid

Henderson County News

Pardee cuts chaplaincy director post

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Pardee Hospital has eliminated its chaplaincy director position in a cost-cutting and administrative streamlining move.The hospital cut the fulltime position, held for many years by the Rev. Charles D. Kirby, and transferred supervision of the volunteer chaplains to its manager of auxiliary services.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | health care | Pardee | Affordable Care Act | Pardee Hospital Auxiliary Services

Henderson County Business

Pardee CEO sought accord amid discord

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Jay Kirby's first hospital job was working as a nursing assistant in an emergency room while attending the University of South Carolina.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | health care | Pardee | Affordable Care Act | Pardee CEO Jay Kirby

Henderson County Business

BRCHS opens clinic in Spindale

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Blue Ridge Community Health Services has opened its new clinic in Spindale, offering medical and behavioral health services and a discount pharmacy. Plans are in the works to add dental services next year.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | Blue Ridge Community Health Services | Affordable Care Act

Hendersonville Business

UNC, Duke compete in health care, too

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Basketball is a game of runs. Maybe health care is too.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | health care | Affordable Care Act

Henderson County Politics

Meadows rips Obamacare before friendly crowd

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows said a proposal to block the money for Obamacare is different from 40 previous House votes to repeal it because the defunding question would force a vote in the Senate.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows | Affordable Care Act | President Obama

Henderson County Politics

Meadows to host ObamaCare panel

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows will join a FreedomWorks public policy official this month in "an honest discussion of the future of ObamaCare" at a town hall meeting in Hendersonville.   Read Story »

Tags: U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows | Affordable Care Act

North Carolina Politics

Meadows gets ink for opposing Obamacare

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, the newly elected Republican who represents the southern N.C. mountains, is popping up in Washington coverage this week for his role in trying to block Obamacare.   Read Story »

Tags: U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows | Affordable Care Act

Henderson County Business

NC cuts worse than Obamacare, Pardee CEO says

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Pardee Hospital's CEO told the hospital Board of Directors on Wednesday that cuts by North Carolina leaders had done more to harm the county-owned hospital than the federal Affordable Care Act, which he suggested has shouldered the greater blame in the eyes of the public. Obamacare could cost Pardee $5.6 million a year, he said, while state cuts could chop the hospital's revenue by $8.2 million.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | health care | Affordable Care Act | Pardee CEO Jay Kirby

Henderson County Business

Triple threat could cost Pardee $54 million

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The triple threat of deep Medicare reductions, sequestration cuts scheduled to take effect Friday and the state Legislature's refusal to expand Medicaid coverage to cover non-payers could cost Pardee Hospital $54 million over the next 10 years, the hospital CEO said Wednesday.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | NC Legislature | Affordable Care Act | Pardee CEO Jay Kirby

Henderson County News

NAACP protests Apodaca's bill on Obamacare

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The Henderson County Chapter of the NAACP rebuked state Sen. Tom Apodaca and other Republican leaders in the Legislature for their effort to block state participation in the Affordable Care Act.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Sen. Tom Apodaca | Affordable Care Act | NAACP