Healthcare

 

High Court’s Obamacare Decision Looms

This month the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down one of the most consequential decisions in its history by ruling on the constitutionality of Obamacare. On March 26-28, the Court heard an unprecedented six hours of oral arguments concerning the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. The…

 

Medicaid Frills Cost NC Billions, but GA May Shy Away from Cuts

Medicaid services not required by the federal government but approved by the state legislature in years past cost $4.4 billion in 2010-2011. That accounted for 46 percent of the $10 billion Medicaid budget. North Carolina’s Medicaid program was referred to as a “Cadillac” program in a study by the Lewin…

 

What’s NC Waiting For? The Call for a Healthcare Compact

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) continues to threaten state sovereignty and individual rights.  With the uncertainty of the U.S. Supreme Court decision still looming, states must find ways to counteract this federally intrusive legislation, no matter the judicial outcome. A Healthcare Compact (Compact) could be the solution…

 

Ten Reasons to Avoid a State Health Insurance Exchange

Proponents of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) health insurance exchanges will argue that the state setting up its own exchange, instead of the federal government, will give the state more flexibility and allow free market concepts into the exchange’s operation.  Sadly, the idea of a “free market exchange” is a…

 

Obamacare Grant a Step in the Wrong Direction

State legislators have given the green light for the Department of Insurance to spend $12.4 million in federal grant money to set up a preliminary health insurance exchange.  These funds, considered a “Level One” grant, will be used to hire consultants, temporary full-time employees, and purchase IT services and software. …

 

HSAs: Putting Patients Back in the Healthcare Driver’s Seat

America’s healthcare infrastructure desperately needs reform – both the Left and the Right can agree with this basic premise. However, their acquiescence tends to end there.  Last year, Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or Obamacare).  This intrusive legislation seeks to require all individuals to purchase…

 

Dr. Government Seeks Patient Medical Information

Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or Obamacare) without first reading it. As Nancy Pelosi noted at the time, “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” The repercussions of such a move are becoming clearer by the…

 

Certifiable Improvement

North Carolina’s healthcare system could be considerably more effective at controlling costs, increasing rural access and delivering quality services. That much Republicans and Democrats agree on. It’s the details that are in dispute and one healthcare policy, certificate of need regulation, has been particularly controversial. The Certificate of Need (CON)…

 

Certificate of Need: Access Denied

One intended purpose of Certificate of Need (CON) laws is to increase medical care accessibility to people by encouraging the expansion of medical facilities into rural areas and by decreasing costs that would prevent people from seeking care.  CON laws try to do this by creating committees that oversee the…

 

Certificate of Need: The Cost of the Process

A hospital applying for authorization to use their own funds for hospital projects will, on average, pay a minimum of $32,000 per Certificate of Need (CON) application. The CON system has been in place in North Carolina since 1974 as an attempt to regulate federal funding for programs like Medicare…

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