Jordan Roberts

Health Policy Analyst

Posts by Jordan Roberts (page 13)

  • Trump moving forward with another round of healthcare debate

    In another healthcare twist, the President now plans to repeal and replace Obamacare after the 2020 election: The Trump administration just last week agreed with a federal judge’s ruling that said the entire Obamacare law should be struck down. I posted to the blog that it was politically unwise…
    Jordan Roberts, April 2, 2019
  • Federal judge strikes down Trump’s AHP rule

    Yesterday a Trump administration Department of Labor rule which expanded the use of association health plans (AHPs) was struck down by U.S. District judge in Washington. (For more information on AHPs see here and here).
    Jordan Roberts, March 29, 2019
  • Kaiser Health News article discusses rising costs after Colorado expanded Medicaid program

    A new Kaiser Health News article titled “Medicaid Expansion Boosts Hospital Bottom Lines – And Prices” discussed the phenomenon of what is known as cost-shifting in hospitals and the experience in Colorado after the state expanded Medicaid.   Hospitals claim that…
    Jordan Roberts, March 27, 2019
  • Trump Administration says entire ACA should be struck down

    It’s a good thing no other national news has happened this week because the Affordable Care Act is back in the news. Back in December a U.S. District Court Judge agreed with 20 Republican Attorneys General that since…
    Jordan Roberts, March 26, 2019
  • AHPs offering robust benefits, projected to have little to no effect on insurance markets

    The North Carolina Senate recently voted to approve SB 86, the Small Business Health Care Act. This bill would align North Carolina law with federal law to give small businesses and self-proprietors more power to band together to…
    Jordan Roberts, March 21, 2019
  • The truth about Medicaid expansion money

    The question of cost has been central in the Medicaid expansion debate here in North Carolina. On this topic, a few claims need to be cleared up. First, there is the idea that by not expanding Medicaid we are sending North Carolina tax dollars to the federal government which, in…
    Jordan Roberts, March 13, 2019
  • Trump admin considering mandate for more healthcare price transparency

    The Trump administration is weighing whether to require hospitals, doctors and other healthcare providers to disclose negotiated rates with insurers. According to the Wall Street Journal: Mandating public disclosure of the rates would upend a longstanding industry practice and put…
    Jordan Roberts, March 8, 2019
  • As expected, Gov. Cooper’s budget includes funding for Medicaid expansion

        As expected, Governor Cooper has included funding for Medicaid Expansion in his newly proposed recommended budget. FY 2019 would require a total of $2.1 billion in funding while the number almost doubles in FY 2020 totaling nearly $4.2 billion. 90% of Medicaid expansion costs are paid for…
    Jordan Roberts, March 6, 2019