Category Archives: Health care

What’s a ‘mindful eating intervention’?

Elizabeth Harrington‘s latest discovery within the maze of mind-boggling government spending involves third-graders’ eating habits. She documents her findings for the Washington Free Beacon. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is spending nearly $150,000 to test a “mindful eating intervention” on third graders in California. A grant awarded earlier this month outlined the project thatContinue Reading

About that ‘doc fix’ solution

James Capretta explains for National Review Online readers why a proposed permanent solution to the Medicare “doc fix” problem falls short of the mark. For starters, despite claims made by supporters of the emerging bill, it is highly unlikely that the legislation will reduce long-term Medicare spending. The Congressional Budget Office has not yet releasedContinue Reading

How are the states financing their Medicaid payments?

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released the comprehensive questionnaire data from a survey conducted on states’ methods for Medicaid payment financing from fiscal 2008 through fiscal 2012 (using the state fiscal year calendar). States finance the nonfederal share of Medicaid expenditures largely through state general funds, but also with other sources such asContinue Reading

Reading Kennedy’s tea leaves in the latest Obamacare case

Sarah Hurtubise of The Daily Caller probes recent comments from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy that might signal his stance in the King v. Burwell case involving Obamacare subsidies. In a Monday budget request before the House Appropriations Committee, Justice Anthony Kennedy, typically the swing vote on the Court, made comments that could suggest he’sContinue Reading

Why Medicaid expansion is the wrong choice for NC…

Today’s Shaftesbury speaker is J. Scott Moody, the CEO from State Budget Solutions.  In his presentation, he will reveal the results of his organization’s study of North Carolina’s economy and the ramifications we can expect should North Carolina’s policymakers choose to expand Medicaid under “Obamacare,” as some have discussed. How would expansion of Medicaid impactContinue Reading

73 Counties Unable To Build ASCs Under North Carolina CON Reform

It’s been a little over one week since the House filed HB 200, which would loosen up the state’s Certificate of Need (CON) law — a regulatory burden requiring medical providers to ask permission from the state and their competitors before expanding their businesses. Under HB 200, the following would be exempt from CON review:Continue Reading

I thought Obamacare was going to take care of that

The latest issue of Money magazine tells us: Ouch! Employees’ share of medical expenses, defined as premiums plus deductibles, gobbled up nearly 10% of the median U.S. income in 2013, versus 5.3% in 2003, says a new report from researchers at the Commonwealth Fund. And when you factor in workers’ other out-of-pocket costs, such asContinue Reading

High-Risk Federal Programs Report

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an update to its list of high-risk federal program areas, which is updated every two years. The Medicaid program remains on GAO’s list of designated high-risk programs, primarily due to its size and the variability of program structures from state to state. GAO notes that data used for oversightContinue Reading