President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act four years ago. It's still being implemented. Last month a change in the Medicare system is fining hospitals the reimbursement money they get back for their services, if certain patients are readmitted to a hospital within a thirty-day period of their initial admission. Stephen O'Connell has more.
This week on the Down East Journal, we talk about the Affordable Care Act and how it affects local hospitals and patients. And nearly a month after Superstorm Sandy, we speak with NC Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and the State's Rate Bureau about home insurance rate increases and when they might be implemented. And, a New Bern man is using cigar boxes to make instruments for playing the blues.