Healthcare

 

NC General Assembly Sending Mixed Signals about Obamacare

On May 11, 2011, GOP legislative leadership filed an Amicus brief challenging the constitutionality – especially the individual mandate – of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare.) Senate President Pro Tem Berger (R-Rockingham), Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown (R-Onslow), House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenberg), and House Majority Leader…

 

Health Care Compact Gives Healthcare Back to States

The U.S. Constitution established a system based on federalism with limited and enumerated power provided to the federal government. The founding fathers specifically delegated those powers not outlined in the Constitution to the states. Their vision stood in contrast to the centralized control over health insurance and medical care contained…

 

When it Comes to Health Benefit Exchanges, One Size Does Not Fit All

Implementation of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA, or ObamaCare) will impose state compliance on a large number of federal rules and mandates, especially when considering the state health benefit exchanges.  In addition to inevitable premium increases and the unknown long term costs of an exchange, ObamaCare will inflict…

 

NC Health Benefit Exchange – What’s The Rush?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or “ObamaCare” has created a growing storm of confusion regarding its authorization and implementation.  The health benefits exchange concept is one area that seems particularly convoluted and unclear.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has provided little guidance on key…

 

Emergency Doctors Held to Reasonable Standard under Medical Malpractice Bill

Nationally, more than 30 states have a limit or cap on damages in medical liability cases, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Senate Bill 33, Medical Liability Reforms Act, would allow North Carolina to join these states, limiting non-economic damages to an initial $500,000 raised annually for inflation.…

 

General Assembly Fights to Defend Patient Choice

The newly elected conservative majority in the General Assembly is already working to make good on campaign promises to protect North Carolina citizens from federal health care regulation. House Bill 2, titled “Protect Health Care Freedom” sponsored by Representatives Stam (R-Wake), Barnhart (R-Cabarrus), Hollo (R-Alexander), and Murry (R-Wake), was the…

 

The Medicaid Saga: From Stimulus to Obamacare

The crushing weight of North Carolina's Medicaid costs continue to encumber state finances amidst an historic fiscal crisis, and sources say it is about to get much worse. With economic stagnation and expiring stimulus funds, North Carolina will have to grapple with a ballooning population of Medicaid recipients coupled with…

 

Gov. Perdue’s 2010-11 Budget Recommendations: Health and Human Services

At first blush, the Governor’s Health and Human Services (HHS) budget recommendations give the appearance of a net $386 million in reductions to the 2010-11 spending plan approved in last year’s biennial budget bill.

 

Patient, Doctor, and Government – Who Decides?

Last week, Congress enacted a nearly $1 trillion health care program – claiming it would reduce the cost of care and even lower the deficit by more than $100 billion over the next decade. But how exactly will such a costly government program cut costs?

 

20 Changes For 2010: Health Care

This year health care reform emerged as a forefront national issue. Our nation’s health care spending continues to rise and is projected to reach $3.1 trillion in 2010, amounting to 17.7 percent of GDP. Congress is considering legislation that would effectively overhaul our nation’s health care system at a staggering…

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