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Certificate Of Need Laws Do Not Help Rural Health Care

It’s going to take a while longer for the North Carolina Legislature to pass its two-year budget. Part of the hold up will be finalizing an agreement on reforming the state’s certificate of need (CON) law, which requires health systems and medical providers to first obtain a hall pass from the state, and then theirContinue Reading

SCOTUS Upholds Obamacare Subsidies

The US Supreme Court has released its opinion on King V Burwell. In a 6-3 ruling favoring the Obama administration, the Justices have determined that health insurance subsidies shall be available to eligible individuals in state and federal health insurance exchanges. Click here to read the Court’s Opinion

What North Carolina Should Do If SCOTUS Strikes Down Obamacare Subsidies

Congress will be responsible for enacting legislative fixes to Obamacare if SCOTUS rules that the IRS has been illegally disbursing taxpayer money to insurance companies in federal exchange states. No subsidies means policyholders in the individual market will be exposed to the full cost of Obamacare plans – equating to an average 317 percent premium increase forContinue Reading

What Congress Should Do If SCOTUS Strikes Down Obamacare Subsidies In North Carolina

Authority ultimately lies in the hands of Congress to make legislative fixes to a favorable plaintiff ruling in King v Burwell. If SCOTUS deems Obamcare subsidies invalid in federal exchange states like North Carolina, Justice Samuel Alito proposed the idea to stay the mandate until the following tax year as a way to ease market disruption. SomeContinue Reading

Why North Carolina Should Not Adopt A State Exchange If SCOTUS Rules Obamacare Subsidies Invalid

The U.S. Supreme Court could rule whether health insurance subsidies are invalid in North Carolina’s federal health insurance exchange as early as 10 am tomorrow morning. Because these subsidies are tied to the individual and employer mandates, it is estimated that over 10,000 large employers, 2.5 million employees, and over 400,000 individuals in the TarContinue Reading

Another Medicaid Reform Proposal Up For Debate

North Carolina’s Medicaid program needs a lot of help, but how best to reform the system is still being debated. As the Senate welcomes both provider-led organizations and private managed care companies to take on full financial risk for providing and coordinating holistic medical care to all North Carolina Medicaid patients, the House advocates for providers andContinue Reading

How Congress Can Help Mitigate Market Disruption In North Carolina If Supreme Court Rules Obamacare Subsidies Invalid

The nation awaits for the Supreme Court to issue a ruling on King v Burwell. If the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance subsidies are invalid in North Carolina along with the other 35 federal exchange states, customers will be exposed to the full cost of the law’s health plans. To mitigate market disruption, it would beContinue Reading

That’s Right North Carolina, A Potential 25 Percent Average Rate Increase For Blue Cross Blue Shield Obamacare Customers

It’s rate-filing season for health insurance companies, and this week marked the deadline for carriers to disclose proposed rate increases of at least ten percent for 2016 Obamacare plans sold on the individual market. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina made the cut. Now that insurers must accept any applicant, regardless of healthContinue Reading

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