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Rural Hospitals May Benefit From Small Change In CON Law

 HB 20, a bill that would make it easier for recently closed hospitals to reopen without having to get lost in lots of red tape (aka the onerous and expensive Certificate of Need (CON) approval process), has already cleared the Senate and is supposed to be voted on in the House today. If passed, HB 20Continue Reading

JLF Spreads Principles Of Laws And Liberty To Local Girl Scout Troop

As a recipient of State Policy Network’s community engagement grant, the John Locke Foundation was pleased to partner with Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines and spread the principles of freedom to a local troop of ten year olds. These young ladies were quite enthusiastic to learn about laws and the role of government onContinue Reading

UnitedHealthcare Acknowledges Cost-Effective Outpatient Facilities

Thanks to minimally invasive technology, more and more surgeries can be safely performed in outpatient settings such as same-day surgery centers. Not only are these smaller facilities known for efficiency, but patients can go under the knife at a fraction of the cost compared to the same procedure being performed in a hospital affiliated outpatientContinue Reading

Health and Human Services Budget Awaits To Be Passed

After an 80-day extension costing taxpayers well over $1 million, the North Carolina House and Senate chambers have finally reached a tentative budget agreement for the price of roughly $22 billion – a fiscally conservative budget considering that spending increased by 3.1 percent which equates to less than the combined growth of population and inflation.Continue Reading

Another Example of Certificate of Need Hurting Rural Health Care

Certificate of Need (CON) reform may have been pulled from a tentative budget agreement between the House and Senate chambers, but Mayor Adam O’Neal of Belhaven is relentless on keeping the debate alive. After leading a 130-mile walk from Beaufort County to Raleigh, O’Neal and rural health care supporters held a rally outside of the GeneralContinue Reading

State Budget Calling For More Health Care Price Transparency

Promoting price transparency in health care has been tried for over a decade, and it’s not uncommon for the private sector to beat state policymakers to the punch. Back in March, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) released its publicly accessible cost estimator tool for anyone interested in obtaining average cost informationContinue Reading

Severe Side Effects Of Obamacare’s ‘Cadillac Tax’

When people argue over health reform, there are two schools of thought on how to equalize the tax-treatment for the purchase of health insurance: Have health insurance plans be tax-free across the board  Have employer-sponsored health insurance be taxed Since World War II, employees benefit from tax-free health care benefits. Those who purchase health care on theirContinue Reading

Obamacare’s ‘Cadillac Tax’ Penalizes The Behavior It Tries To Promote

Obamacare’s Cadillac tax on fully loaded employer-sponsered health plans is meant to nudge businesses and their employees to be more cost-effective and cost-conscious when it comes to health care spending. Since the World War II era, employees have benefited from tax-free health insurance. Consequently, this tax advantage has induced the following behaviors:  Employers substitute increases in taxable wagesContinue Reading

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