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Don’t worry about Medicare. Worry about Medicaid., 5-6-11, Washington Post

Commentary by Ezra Klein on the potential impact budget talks can have on the Medicaid program.

New Federal Crackdown Confounds States That Allow Medical Marijuana, 5-7-11, New York Times

Writer William Yardley reports how a federal crackdown is challenging states that have or are considering legalizing medical marijuana.

UNC Health tries to head off budget setback, 5-8-11, The News and Observer

Staff writers Alan M. Wolf and Rob Christensen report on how the NC House-passed budget could affect the UNC Health Care System.

Licensing midwives, 5-12-11, The Herald-Sun (Durham)

Editorial supporting the licensing of lay midwives in NC, with the NCMS position included.

Parents Ask State to Legalize Midwives, 5-10-11, Carolina Journal Online

Writer Sara Burrows reviews efforts by proponents to legalize midwives in North Carolina.

Judges hear arguments on Obama health care law, 5-10-11, USA Today

Writer Joan Biskupic highlights a federal appeals court hearing on a challenge to the Obama-sponsored health care law.

NC Panel Gives First OK To Health Insurance Market, 5-10-11, Associated Press/WFMY TV (Greensboro)

Reporter Kelly Heffernan-Tabor writes that a NC House committee has given bipartisan approval to a bill to create a health benefits exchange in North Carolina.

NC House budget eliminates program for teen moms, 5-11-11, The Star-News (Wilmington)

Staff writer Patrick Gannon reports that proposed cuts in the NC House version of the state budget would eliminate a program designed to help teen moms.

Rival to bid for Rex Hospital, 5-12-11, The News & Observer

Staff writer Alan Wolf reports that Raleigh-based WakeMed is expected to make a bid to acquire cross-town rival Rex Healthcare, which is part of the UNC Health Care System.

SAS takes a deeper look at software use by health companies, 5-12, 11, The News & Observer

Staff writer David Ranii reports that internationally known software maker SAS will seek to find new ways to improve medical care and cut costs.


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