Category Archives: Health care

Will Repealing Certificate of Need Laws Lead To Patient Cherry Picking?

Today’s News & Observer features the North Carolina Hospital Association, a free-market lobbyist, and legislators battling over pending legislation that could potentially terminate the state’s highly bureaucratic Certificate of Need (CON) law. Senator Tom Apodaca favors full-blown repeal, as this would open up competition in the health care market and enable patients to enjoy lower health careContinue Reading

The White House is actually proud of this… has produced an online tool, the Taxpayer Receipt, and it’s fascinating.  Simply put in how much you paid in federal taxes last year (income tax from your 1040, and Social Security and Medicare Taxes from your W-2) and this tool will tell you how much of your tax dollars were spent on various areasContinue Reading

Payer Mix Comparable Between For Profit and Non Profit Surgery Centers

Nonprofit hospitals in North Carolina fear that if legislation allows for more multi specialty physician-led ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) to open without needing prior approval from the state, these facilities will go on a cherry picking spree for private coverage patients. Should this happen, hospitals will be left to care for revenue-losing patients – those whoContinue Reading

Congress is discussing changes to Medicare and CHIP

Last week, the Centers for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) provided information to states on the April 1 expiration of the Transitional Medical Assistance (TMA) and the Qualifying Individuals (QI) programs. TMA allows families to keep Medicaid coverage for 6 to 12 months after their earnings rise, depending on income. The QI program provides fundingContinue Reading

Getting out of paying the Obamacare tax

Paige Winfield Cunningham of the Washington Examiner explains why the Obamacare tax (not a penalty, of course) will impact fewer people this year than one might suspect. … [T]he majority of the uninsured won’t end up having to pay up. This year at least, the penalty’s bark is a lot worse than its bite. Here’sContinue Reading

Medicaid reformers from other states share ideas with N.C. legislators

As N.C. lawmakers continue to haggle over the best way to proceed with Medicaid reform, they heard some advice Monday afternoon from experts who’ve addressed reform in Kansas, Florida, and Louisiana. Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, a physician and former Kansas legislator; Alan Levine of the Mountain States Health Alliance, who served as health adviserContinue Reading

Sen. Ted Cruz talks foreign policy, Clinton, Rubio, Obamacare before JLF speech

Before U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and an announced candidate for president spoke to the John Locke Foundation’s headliner luncheon, he took a few moments to speak with reporters gathered outside the North Raleigh Hilton. “I’m very glad to have the opportunity to speak to the John Locke Foundation in particular about the national securityContinue Reading

Cruz pans Obama’s foreign policy, Obamacare, and more in JLF Headliner speech

The United States needs a new foreign policy, an end to Obamacare, and other major changes from the current course set by President Barack Obama’s administration. That’s the assessment of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a presidential candidate who outlined his alternative vision for federal government policy during a Headliner speech for the John LockeContinue Reading