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Topic: State Health Plan Standoff

The North Carolina State Health Plan is managed by the State Treasurer of North Carolina, Dale Folwell. His office has been engaged in a bitter battle with the state’s hospitals and healthcare networks over pricing, and the contract dispute has more than 700,000 teachers, state employees, retirees and their dependents caught in the middle. This week we talk to Treasurer Dale Folwell about his plans, and we meet two educators very concerned about the impact this fight could have on them and their families.

Guests:

Dale Folwell, Treasurer, State of North Carolina

Susan Ringo, Librarian, Wilkes County Schools

Mike Landers, Teacher, Cabarrus County Schools

Resources

Edlines

Groups call for investigation into DPI, iStation contract
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article232849307.html

General Assembly pushes virtual charter school expansion
https://www.wral.com/virtual-charter-school-gets-legislative-approval-to-grow-but-opponents-push-for-a-veto/18518612/#.XTDSp6xMUrw.twitter

Wilcox resigns as CMS Superintendent
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/education/article232795412.html

Interview segments

Teachers, state employees caught in the middle as state treasurer, hospitals battle over State Health Plan
https://www.ncforum.org/teachers-state-employees-caught-in-the-middle-as-state-treasurer-hospitals-battle-over-state-health-plan/

SHP contract dispute could drive participants to out-of-network status, spouse’s insurance plan
https://www.journalnow.com/business/shp-contract-dispute-could-drive-participants-to-out-of-network/article_34f506a5-69d3-5c13-9204-dc3223e3a0d5.html

Keith Poston

Keith Poston is the president and executive director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina.