By Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Lawmakers are fighting to help small businesses afford health insurance, but they’re running out of time. As the pandemic and the shutdowns wreck the economy, thousands of North Carolinians continue to lose their insurance. North Carolina has nearly 1.2 million uninsured residents. Gov. Roy Cooper and his allies…

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By Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Pharmacist Darius Russell, owner of Russell’s Pharmacy and Shoppe in Durham, hopes to stop losing money on helping patients. Russell is an independent pharmacist, and he has little negotiating power with the middlemen that control the supply chain of prescription drugs. But change is coming. The U.S. Supreme…

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Through the NC Rate Bureau, North Carolina’s insurance companies have collectively proposed a 25 percent increase on property insurance premiums. On December 10 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey will hold a virtual public hearing on this issue.   “The NC Homeowners Alliance opposes the insurance companies’ outrageous efforts to raise rates by 25 percent…

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