Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey reminds Medicare beneficiaries to compare and evaluate their current plans and make necessary changes during the annual Open Enrollment Period, Oct. 15 – Dec. 7, 2020.  Medicare plans and prices change.  It is important for Medicare beneficiaries to take advantage of the Open Enrollment Period by contacting local Seniors’ Health Insurance…

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Crackdown on abusive debt collectors who use illegal scare tactics North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, along with the Federal Trade Commission and more than 50 federal and state law enforcement partners, announced today a nationwide law enforcement initiative to protect consumers from abusive and threatening debt collection practices. The initiative, called Operation Corrupt Collector, is a federal-state…

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RALEIGH — Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey is pleased that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has agreed to financially help consumers who may be in economic need during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The state’s largest health insurer announced today it will issue $200 million in retail cards to more than 600,000 eligible subscribers. “Earlier this…

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RALEIGH — Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $392,998 Assistance to Firefighters Grant to the Office of State Fire Marshal. The grant will help the Office of State Fire Marshal provide the most up-to-date training with state-of-the-art equipment. “I want to personally thank FEMA for providing these…

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RALEIGH — Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey has announced the 2020 winners of the Seniors Health Insurance Information Program’s (SHIIP) statewide and regional awards for their outstanding work in providing free, unbiased counseling about Medicare and other health insurance issues to seniors in North Carolina. SHIIP is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance that…

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by Lindsay Marchello Each week, staff at Carolina Journal looks back at the week in N.C. politics and chooses several interesting, relevant stories you may have missed. Education team-up: Three N.C. families are joining the Institute for Justice, intervening in a lawsuit threatening the state’s private school voucher program. The N.C. Association of Educators, a…

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by Lindsay Marchello Each week, staff at Carolina Journal looks back at the week in N.C. politics and chooses several interesting, relevant stories you may have missed. Standardized testing: Little Timmy still has to attend school for standardized tests, regardless of whether he’s enrolled in a virtual school. The state and federal government waived testing…

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6:26 p.m.: we’re signing off, but the convention is being live-streamed here: 6:20 p.m.: N.C. Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby, who is running for Chief Justice, addresses the convention: 6:18 p.m.: The alternate elector slate has been approved. 6:06 p.m.: the elector slate was approved; now voting on alternate electors. The slate is comprised of…

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