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North Carolina Medicaid Reform: A Primary Care Provider Analysis

North Carolina Medicaid Reform: A Primary Care Provider Analysis

I am a primary care physician with over 20 years experience delivering care in the Army and to North Carolina’s Medicaid population, and currently run a pediatric clinic in Burlington. Governor McCrory’s administration has recently announced their plans to “reform” the state’s Medicaid program, with the primary change being a shift in delivery to “Accountable Care Organizations” (ACOs).

Legislative Follow Up to Questions about Prisoner Health Care

Legislative Follow Up to Questions about Prisoner Health Care

There are many questions that are asked in legislative meetings and many times the staff notes that they will have to follow up with those questions at a later meeting. Some of these questions were answered at the March Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety meeting. At a prior meeting a question […]

  • Medicaid Expansion: A Quick Primer

    In North Carolina, most news coverage on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, has focused on the massive technical failures of the federal exchange website. But there is another healthcare issue that is heating up all over the country: Medicaid expansion. This article should help provide some background information for North Carolinians […]

  • For Mentally Ill, Some Long-Awaited Glimmers of Hope

    A version of this op-ed appeared in the Charlotte Observer. Last week, a young man from eastern North Carolina named Keith Vidal became the latest victim in a long series of preventable tragedies caused by untreated severe mental illness. Police shot and killed Keith, a 90-pound, 18-year-old boy who suffered from schizophrenia. It is a […]

  • Portrait of a Hit Piece

    Bill Moyers – for many years an advocate on television for liberal causes — recently gave North Carolina a lesson in how to disguise bias and distortions as news, and we should pay attention to how he did it. Moyers & Company, his outfit, recently put out a TV/online program called “North Carolina: Battleground State.” […]

  • The New Front Lines of Mental Health

    This week, another preventable tragedy in North Carolina. From WWAY NC: A Boiling Springs Lake father says his son was murdered by police this afternoon. Mark Wilsey called police when his 18-year-old, 90 lb. son had a screwdriver that he would not let go…his son, Keith Vidal, had schizophrenia and was having an episode Sunday […]

  • Assisted Outpatient Treatment Could Be Key Component in Crisis Solutions Initiative

    Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services announced the Crisis Solutions Initiative, a new state effort aimed at addressing the failures of Gov. Easley’s 2001 mental health reforms. Following the announcement, the Civitas Institute called on the McCrory administration to get serious about severe mental illness. The first meeting of the Crisis Solutions […]

  • NC Must Get Serious About Severe Mental Illness

    (The following oped was originally published in the News & Observer.) Many people know that Gov. Mike Easley’s 2001 mental health reform was a failure, but few people realize how bad the system is today. Over a decade after mental health reform, mentally ill people who go to an emergency room wait an average of […]

  • Health Plan Sparks Outrage in NC

    North Carolinians are growing more outraged as they find out what the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is really doing to their finances and their ability to control their health care. At the Civitas Institute, we have been compiling stories people have sent in about the new law. These stories do a better job of highlighting […]

  • Mental Health Gaps Jeopardize Public Safety

    This is part I of a three-part article on mental health and severe mental illnesses in North Carolina. Almost unheard of before 1966, mass shootings like the Newtown massacre have become more and more frequent in modern American life. Pundits and politicians alike have been unable to identify the root cause of these atrocities. In […]

  • Let the Reader Beware: NC Health News’ Political Agenda

    Hidden agendas can be dangerous, particularly when the goal is to influence public opinion with political attacks in the guise of impartial journalism. Recently, a supposedly “independent, not-for-profit news organization” has stepped into the public arena. NC Health News promises to “provide crucial information about health care in North Carolina,” but few people realize that […]

  • Read & Share Your Obamacare Stories

    Read responses from real people across North Carolina describing how the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is making health insurance far less affordable while often forcing them off their current plans.

  • Tell Us Your Obamacare Story

    Did your premiums go up? Has your out of pocket deductible doubled or tripled? Has your employer dropped your plan or cut back your hours? We want to hear from you about the real impact of ObamaCare.

  • Medicaid Reform

    This is the final installment of a four-part series outlining a blueprint for meaningful state budget reform for North Carolina. This article focuses on much-needed reform to the state’s Medicaid program that could offer enrollees more options while saving millions of taxpayer dollars. A Blueprint for Budget Reform Reforms Needed for North Carolina’s Ailing Pension […]

  • State Health Plan for Employees and Retirees Reform

    This is the third installment of a four-part series outlining a blueprint for meaningful state budget reform for North Carolina. This article focuses on the growing and unsustainable health insurance benefits provided to state government employees and retirees A Blueprint for Budget Reform Reforms Needed for North Carolina’s Ailing Pension System State Health Plan for […]

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