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N.C. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin said Thursday his agency has launched an examination of Blue Cross and Blue Shield to determine the cause of ongoing technology problems that have prevented thousands from buying or verifying health insurance this year.
Goodwin said the examination of the state’s largest health insurer will likely take months, and Blue Cross would be billed for any complex investigative work outsourced to specialists. He said his agency has received more than 1,000 formal complaints about Blue Cross in the past month and well over 4,000 customer calls.
“We’re at that point where it is what I need to do,” Goodwin said. “This is akin to a deep dive audit where we determine what worked, what didn’t work, whether any laws were broken, and how the process can be improved.”
Dallas Woodhouse, the leader of North Carolina’s Republican Party, predicted that the ACA’s mounting problems here and around the country would end Goodwin’s career as an elected official. […]
“Wayne Goodwin – along with Roy Cooper – is simply trying to save face, pass blame and cover his tracks after his steadfast support for the disastrous ObamaCare plan and roll out in North Carolina,” Woodhouse said in astatement. “But now with skyrocketing premiums and Blue Cross recently announcing it will probably have to leave the marketplace due to ObamaCare, Goodwin and Cooper will have to face the music from voters come November."
The threat on Friday of wintry weather closed some schools and put the bulk of counties between Raleigh and the coast under winter weather alerts but won't cause many problems during the morning or evening commute.
A weather system drifting in from the west will mix with low pressure forming off the coast of South Carolina to bring a mixed bag of wintry precipitation across the eastern half of the Tar Heel state beginning just before lunchtime. Though some schools closed ahead of the storm, the Triangle area has a low chance of accumulation that will affect commuting.
"(The weather) lasts through lunchtime and into early afternoon, and then it's out of here," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. "Skies will clear."
The state justices declined to take up a request that they rehear a case filed in state court by Margaret Dickson, a former state representative. Dickson and her fellow challengers are likely to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In the case, one of several filed in state and federal courts challenging maps drawn in 2011 by the Republican-led legislature, Dickson and others make arguments similar to those that held sway last week with a three-judge federal panel.
Dickson and her co-challengers argue that race played too dominant a role in drawing the maps and that black voters were packed into districts where their candidates of choice typically had been successful. Packing the districts weakened the overall power of black voters, the challengers contend.
Charlotte lawyer John Fennebresque, the former UNC Board of Governors chairman, was arrested Thursday after authorities found a small handgun in his briefcase as he passed through a security checkpoint at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers arrested Fennebresque at 10 a.m. at checkpoint B, charging him with misdemeanor possession of a firearm on city property, CMPD and Mecklenburg County jail records show.
He was released on $500 bail, according to the records.
Reached by the Observer later Thursday, Fennebresque said he didn’t know the gun was in the briefcase. “It was an honest, stupid mistake,” he said.