Category Archives: Health care

The Results Are In: 2016 Obamacare Exchange Enrollment Not Stellar

When Obamacare was signed into law in March 2010, the CBO projected that 21 million people nationwide would gain insurance coverage through the federal health law’s health insurance exchanges. This figure has since been revised to 13 million. Since the closing of Obamacare’s third annual enrollment period for consumers to renew or purchase a qualifiedContinue Reading

Medicaid Expansion Puts Most Vulnerable Citizens At Risk

People often interchange health coverage and health care, but they are two very different concepts. If North Carolina were to opt for Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, patients who are currently on the program will end up competing for access to health care services with an additional 500,000 enrollees. Last week’s Health Care Update highlighted the fiscalContinue Reading

Researchers: For a health metric, the BMI doesn’t pull its own weight

The Body Mass Index, which may soon be required by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to impact company health premiums among other things, is ridiculously simplistic measure of health. How much you weigh vs. how tall you are, taking nothing else to account, is used as a proxy of your health. A study out of UCLA explains why that’sContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on N.C. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin’s concerns about the negative impacts of Obamacare. Becki Gray’s Daily Journal focuses on a new tool that could help North Carolina rein in growth of the state’s regulatory burden. An interview with Stanford professor John B. Taylor explains how a return toContinue Reading

Removing Federal Barriers Can Spur Direct Primary Care Growth In North Carolina

Direct Primary Care (DPC) is the epitome of value-based medicine. In exchange for a monthly cash payment, patients have 24/7 access to their medical provider and a defined package of medical services. The DPC movement may be small in number, but it’s a growing force that is gaining popularity here in North Carolina. To date, thereContinue Reading

Health Savings Accounts Key For Retirement Medical Expenses

More and more Americans are transitioning to pairing high deductible health plans with a Health Savings Account (HSA). According to America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), almost 20 million policyholders are enrolled in these tax-preferred accounts when it comes to setting aside funds for medical expenses in the near future and for retirement. Below are justContinue Reading

North Carolina Medicaid Expansion: Short-Term Gain, Long-Term Pain

If North Carolina were to expand Medicaid eligibility for those under 138% FPL ($16,000 for an individual) who currently do not qualify for the program — 82% whom are able-bodied, childless adults — the federal government promises to fully fund the cost until 2017. At that point, states will take on some of the financing,Continue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features a conversation with Wingate University economist Peter Frank about his goals for the Free Enterprise Now curriculum. Becki Gray’s Daily Journal explains why a recent poll should have shared more facts with respondents about the pros and cons of Medicaid expansion.