- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 3, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A special panel would recommend how to retool North Carolina’s state employee health insurance plan - and prevent State Treasurer Dale Folwell from implementing pricing changes - in legislation now through one General Assembly chamber.

The House voted 75-36 on Wednesday to create the study and block Folwell from altering the current provider reimbursement system next year. Folwell says his new pricing scheme must be implemented to keep the State Health Plan from soon running out of cash.

Some of Folwell’s fellow Republicans say the panel - with health care industry representatives - will lead to a better fiscal solution. Others argued citizens elected Folwell to carry out cost-saving efforts.

The measure on the health plan, which also covers teachers, retirees and other family members, now goes to the Senate.

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