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McCrory Should Listen to Voters on Medicaid Expansion

McCrory Should Listen to Voters on Medicaid Expansion

If he’s not careful, Gov. Pat McCrory may be on course to have a “Pence problem” in 2015. In the days immediately following the mid-term elections, Gov. Pat McCrory insisted that – in spite of his party maintaining strong supermajority status in both houses of the General Assembly – North…

Union Boss: ‘Veterans Get Better Health Care Because of the Unions’

Union Boss: ‘Veterans Get Better Health Care Because of the Unions’

There is nothing moral about the way military veterans are treated by the VA - unless you are a government union boss.

The VA Hospital – Just a Big Accountable Care Organization

The VA Hospital – Just a Big Accountable Care Organization

The North Carolina legislature is debating the DHHS proposal to "reform" our state’s Medicaid program by shifting care to an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) plan.

House Budget Plan Moves Closer to Governor’s Plan on Teacher Pay, Medicaid Reform

House Budget Plan Moves Closer to Governor’s Plan on Teacher Pay, Medicaid Reform

The North Carolina House released its budget plan for FY 2014-15, which would spend $21.09 billion. The total would be a 2.3 percent increase over the current fiscal year’s budget. The total also would be $98 million more than what was approved in last year’s biennial budget. The House budget…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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…

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