Happy Thanksgiving, North Carolina!
Every region of our state experiences fall uniquely: while the chill starts early in the mountains, the warmth of summer runs until well after Hallowe’en east of I-95. While Asheville is enjoying vibrant leaves splashed across the hillsides, our friends on the coast are still hitting the beach. That means you may be lounging around the deep fryer in a T-shirt this Thanksgiving or hanging out by a fireplace somewhere with a plate full of pie. Either way, we hope you enjoy the heck out of some chicken and dumplings, barbecue, collard green, butterbeans, black-eyed peas and sweet potatoes (our state vegetable!) with marshmallows. And we hope you’re surrounded by family and friends.
Eastern or Western? (Barbecue, Of Course!)
North Carolina: the land of the hog. Our state’s proudest culinary tradition is a link to our history, a delicious delicacy, and the cause of one of our favorite arguments outside of college basketball. It’s barbecue.
Medicare and Medicaid: Similar Names, Different Services
Did you ever know that family who named kids with the same initials? Like Michael Lee Jones and Mary Louise Jones? That’s Medicare and Medicaid: similar names, very different services, and like the Jones kids, easy to mix up.
The Skills Gap and a Changing Economy
Many of us don’t know the term “skills gap,” but we should; it’s one of the reasons why economic indicators in NC are such a mixed bag.
You’re Young. It’s Open Enrollment Season. Why Do You Care?
Under 30? Chances are you’re not paying much attention to Open Enrollment. So say the wonks, anyway. But we’d like to encourage you to prove them wrong. There are plenty of reasons for young people to pay attention to when they can enroll in or change their health insurance plans. And for all Obamacare health insurance plans, that’s right now. (Nov. 1 to Jan. 31, specifically.)
What are ‘Out-of-Pocket Expenses’?
Since it’s Open Enrollment season and a lot of you are probably signing up for health insurance right about now, we thought we’d clarify a commonly misunderstood term: out-of-pocket expenses.