Jordan Roberts

Health Policy Analyst

Posts by Jordan Roberts (page 2)

  • Candidate Question: Did the state’s executive branch overstep its authority or act in the interest of public health?

    Governor Cooper absolutely overstepped his authority. The emergency management authority was never intended to extend for months and he completely ignored constitutional requirements to confer and consult with the Council of State. Cooper took complete control of the response, and for that reason, he owns the consequences of the…
    Jordan Roberts, October 28, 2020
  • Candidate Question: How would you grade Governor Roy Cooper’s response to the pandemic (A-F)? 

    We’d give the Governor a D. He responded as many governors did at first with a blanket shut down. He faced severe backlash from both sides regarding the speed with which he reopened. He has not been transparent with COVID related data. He was arbitrary in which businesses he allowed…
    Jordan Roberts, October 27, 2020
  • Candidate Question: What’s the state of Medicaid enrollment and how would this change with Medicaid Expansion?

    North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services provides a dashboard that tracks monthly Medicaid enrollment. NC Medicaid Enrollment in March = 2,182,617 Current NC Medicaid enrollment= 2,362,635 Current NC Population= 10,488,084 (July 2019) The current proportion of Medicaid enrollees to the entire population is approximately 22…
    Jordan Roberts, October 15, 2020
  • Medicaid Expansion and Rural Hospitals

    With the election less than 30 days away, political candidates from all across the spectrum are digging in on their political stances, trying to persuade voters to vote for their agenda. Like usual, health care is one of the most important topics for voters, especially in light of the pandemic.
    Jordan Roberts, October 9, 2020
  • Care4Carolina Careless with Medicaid Expansion Survey Questions

    A recent survey sponsored by Care4Carolina gauged the opinions of registered voters in North Carolina about health care issues and Medicaid expansion. There are wide-ranging results concerning voters’ support of “closing the coverage gap,” Medicaid Expansion, and other healthcare-related issues. The survey shows overwhelming support for Medicaid expansion. However,…
    Jordan Roberts, September 10, 2020
  • COVID-19 and the mental toll on Americans

    Americans, and especially our country’s youth, were already experiencing a mental health reckoning before the novel coronavirus. Now, 5 months into the pandemic, there is evidence COVID-19 is acting like an accelerant thrown on the fire that is America’s mental health crisis. A new survey released by the Centers…
    Jordan Roberts, August 14, 2020
  • Greensboro-based Cone Health plans to merge with Sentara Healthcare

    Greensboro-based Cone Health and Norfolk, VA-based Sentara Healthcare on Wednesday announced plans to merge the two hospital systems. Tara Bannow from Modern Healthcare reported, The CEOs of both not-for-profit health systems shot down the notion that the proposed deal is happening in response to pressures caused by…
    Jordan Roberts, August 12, 2020
  • Sen. Paul introduces universal HSA bill

    U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) recently introduced a bill that would dramatically liberalize the rules and regulations regarding health savings accounts (HSA). HSA’s are accounts that individuals and employers can donate tax-free dollars to be used on qualified health expenses. Currently, the law says that only those who have…
    Jordan Roberts, August 3, 2020