Jen Serdetchnaia


Proposed budget may decrease Governor’s School funding

Some high school students might have to change their summer plans if a proposed budget is passed by the N.C. General Assembly. The proposal of the N.C. House appropriations subcommittee on education — released Tuesday — includes eliminating state funding for the N.C. Governor’s School program and charging tuition to offset the loss in funding.

Groups inform students about health care law

This year’s graduates will be the first to benefit from the provision that allows them to remain on their parents’ health insurance plans until the age of 26.It is now up to the government and to advocacy agencies to ensure students are aware of their health insurance options as they graduate.

UNC Hospitals need health care reform

UNC Hospitals is continuing to rely on health care reform as a way to reduce costs even though the legislation is being challenged and might even be repealed. The hospital has been losing millions in uncompensated care and is counting on the provision in the reform that requires everyone to be insured by 2014.

Con?ict leaves patients in lurch

A dispute concerning rising health care costs might lead to the termination of a contract between UNC Hospitals and an insurance provider early next month, leaving thousands of patients in the lurch. UNC has raised the costs of service far beyond what Aetna’s patients might be able to pay, said Walt Cherniak, spokesman for the Connecticut-based insurance agency.