(Raleigh, N.C.) – The North
Carolina State Health Plan announced that State Treasurer Dale R. Folwell, CPA,
will appear tonight on the Spectrum News public affairs program Capital
Tonight. Loretta Boniti will be hosting the segment.
Opposite Treasurer Folwell
will be a representative of the North Carolina Healthcare Association (NCHA)
that has initiated a multimillion dollar campaign to oppose the State Health
Plan’s “Clear Pricing Project.” The initiative announced last fall seeks to
increase transparency in the price of medical services for members of the State
Health Plan and lower medical costs, saving $300 million for taxpayers and more
than $65 million for teachers, state employees and other public servants.
The campaign against lower
health care costs is largely funded by NCHA, with Vidant Health of Greenville
taking the lead. Part of the campaign against clear pricing and lowering costs
could actually be paid using taxpayers’ dollars since the state’s hospital, UNC
Health Care, is a member of NCHA paying thousands of dollars a year in dues to
Treasurer Folwell had hoped
to appear on the program with Dr. Mike Waldrum, chief executive officer of
Vidant Health or Stephen Lawler president of the NCHA but they were either
unavailable or unwilling to discuss more sunshine and lower health care costs
Capital Tonight covers
politics from across North Carolina and can be seen from Charlotte to the
coast. It features a mix of the daily political news, in-depth interviews, and
analysis. The show with Treasurer Folwell will air tonight on Spectrum News NC
at 7 p.m., with an encore at midnight.
The State Health
Plan, a division of the N.C. Department of State Treasurer, provides health
care coverage to more than 720,000 teachers, state employees, current and
former lawmakers, state university and community college personnel and their
dependents, including non-Medicare and Medicare retirees.