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Negotiations Between Healthcare Giants Fail In Western North Carolina

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina headquarters in Durham.
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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina headquarters in Durham.

Negotiations between the largest healthcare provider in Western North Carolina and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina have failed after a months-long standoff. 

Doctors, clinics, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities that make up the Mission Health system are now outside the BCBSNC network. That means a steep rise in healthcare costs for many residents.

Host Frank Stasio speaks with Blue Ridge Public Radio News Director Matt Bush about what the end of this contract means for patients in the state.

Laura Pellicer is a digital producer with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.