Let's Get FiscalIn North Carolina, there have been two major hospital mergers announced. One is between UNC Health Care and Carolinas HealthCare System. The other is between ECU and Vidant. With mergers almost always come layoffs. In just the second half of 2017 hospital mergers have gone hand in hand with layoffs in Philadelphia, Boston, Oregon, Chicago, and more. It is near certain to happen in North Carolina as well.read moreRepublican and Democratic leaders in the Senate announced a two-year budget deal on Feb. 7 that would increase federal spending for defense as well as key domestic priorities, including many health programs, NPR reports.read more
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