N.C. Schools to Receive Funds for Mental Health and Safety

New funds have been earmarked for health and safety in schools across North Carolina. State School Superintendent Mark Johnson recently announced a $35 million school safety grants program for the 2018-19 school year. Funds will be used to hire new school resource officers and mental health counselors, improve school safety, and create an app to anonymously report suspicious activity.

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Western NC Health System to Be Bought for $1.5 Billion

HCA Healthcare has signed a definitive agreement of $1.5 billion to buy Western North Carolina nonprofit health system Mission Health. Under the agreement, Mission properties will become part of the future Dogwood Health Trust. The deal is still pending approval of the North Carolina attorney general.

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Podcast: He Changed His Whole Life Because He Could Not Afford Insurance

Keith Buchanan’s story is a familiar one. Even though he is a successful IT entrepreneur in Marion, NC, Keith found it hard to pay the rising premiums of the health insurance for himself and his wife Diana. In this week’s episode of “The Cost of Health,” we spoke to Keith about his solution to finding an alternative to traditional health insurance – and the financial benefits – and risks – of deciding to go without insurance.

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