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North Carolina Health Insurance Companies Won’t Be Forced To Offer Telemedicine Services

For now. HB 283,The Telehealth Fairness Act, would have required insurance companies to pay medical providers for any health service provided via telemedicine that is otherwise covered during an in-office visit. Telemedicine has proven to be a cost-effective method to deliver care, and 32 other states already have similar telemedicine  parity laws on the books. The gameContinue Reading






Want Affordable Health Insurance? Scale Back on Health Benefit Mandates

Next week, the House health committee is scheduled to discuss HB 283, the Telehealth Fairness Act. If enacted, insurance companies would be forced to reimburse providers for any health service provided via telemedicine that is otherwise treated in-office. Similar telemedicine bills have been filed in previous sessions, however this version comes with a game changer: while telemedicine is aContinue Reading






House GOP Health Reform Bill Failed, But States Still Have Power To Improve Health Care Freedom

If lawmakers in Congress have a Plan B for health reform, it’s essential that they decentralize power to the states. Let states enact policies that the majority of their constituents want, not Washington. If Vermont wants to try to achieve a sustainable single-payer model again, go for it. If North Carolina wants to be first inContinue Reading






Fate of Republican Health Care Alternative is Uncertain

All hands are on deck now for the House GOP to garner enough support for AHCA to avoid going back to the drawing board. President Trump hasofficially intervened by reaming out the Freedom Caucus (specifically North Carolina Representative Mark Meadows) for their hard-line opposition to the bill, and amendments have been made to temper the sticking points on taxing and spending policiesContinue Reading






Tomorrow ObamaCare Turns Seven Years Old. What’s In Store For The Year Ahead?

Tomorrow marks the seventh birthday of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It might not make it to eight. That all depends, of course, on whether the House GOP can get enough party line votes to push their ACA “repeal” bill over to the Senate. Interestingly enough, Republicans are facing similar situations as Democrats did backContinue Reading






What The CBO Says About Reconstructing Obamacare

This week, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its score of the Republican Obamacare repeal bill, known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The 28-page document reports that, over a ten-year projection, AHCA will reduce federal deficits by $337 billion. It also estimates that a total of 52 million people by 2026 would beContinue Reading






Breaking: CBO Scoring of Obamacare Repeal Bill Released

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has just released its score of the American Health Care Act, the House GOP Obamacare repeal bill. The 28-page document reports that, over a ten-year projection, AHCA will reduce federal deficits by $337 billion. It also estimates that a total of 52 million people by 2026 would be uninsured,Continue Reading






Could Feds Undermine Cooper’s Medicaid Expansion Scheme?

The House GOP Obamacare repeal bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), has officially been sent off to the Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means committees for markups – one of the necessary steps in the budget reconciliation process for a not-so-different-from-Obamacare health reform to make its way to reality. Meanwhile, the interparty divideContinue Reading






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