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Legislative Committee Votes To Limit UNC Health Care

A legislative committee has voted to recommend limiting the size of UNC Health Care.

Jessica Jones: A House study panel voted earlier today 8 to 7- to place more oversight and restrictions on the University of North Carolina health care system. The bill would prevent the system from expanding without the General Assembly's approval. The move comes as WakeMed hospital and UNC Health Care's Rex hospital continue to be involved in a very public dispute. WakeMed has complained that Rex is competing unfairly in the same Wake County market. In 2011, WakeMed offered to buy Rex for 750 million dollars. During today's committee meeting, a representative withdrew a bill calling for Rex to be sold. UNC Health Care officials say the changes passed by the committee today would damage the system. But the bill would need much more support in the legislature to pass. Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca says it will not succeed in his chamber

Jessica Jones covers both the legislature in Raleigh and politics across the state. Before her current assignment, Jessica was given the responsibility to open up WUNC's first Greensboro Bureau at the Triad Stage in 2009. She's a seasoned public radio reporter who's covered everything from education to immigration, and she's a regular contributor to NPR's news programs. Jessica started her career in journalism in Egypt, where she freelanced for international print and radio outlets. After stints in Washington, D.C. with Voice of America and NPR, Jessica joined the staff of WUNC in 1999. She is a graduate of Yale University.
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