Katherine Restrepo

Director Of Healthcare Policy
Katherine Restrepo is the Director of Healthcare policy at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the John Locke Foundation, she interned at the Cato Institute under the direction of Michael Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies.

Katherine graduated from McDaniel College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish along with a minor in Communication. She earned her master’s degree in health care administration at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is also a contributor to Forbes.

Posts by Katherine Restrepo (page 1)

  • Repeal Certificate Of Need: North Carolina Senate Keeps Eye On Prize

    The Senate’s budget proposal plans to phase out North Carolina’s Certificate of Need (CON) law by 2025, but repeal is nowhere to be found in the recent release of the House’s version. It is now a point of contention. My latest post explains how full repeal can help Medicare patients, eye surgeons,…
    Katherine Restrepo, May 25, 2017
  • N.C. Senate Budget Plan Includes Certificate Of Need Repeal

    The North Carolina Senate has just released its $22.9 billion budget plan for fiscal years 2017-2019. The Senate proposed spending $5.2 billion of that total on all Health and Human Services (HHS) functions. This legislative session, lawmakers are using the budget as a vehicle to drive big policy issues.
    Katherine Restrepo, May 11, 2017
  • North Carolina Health Insurance Companies Won’t Be Forced To Offer Telemedicine Services

    For now. HB 283,The Telehealth Fairness Act, would have required insurance companies to pay medical providers for any health service provided via telemedicine that is otherwise covered during an in-office visit. Telemedicine has proven to be a cost-effective method to deliver care, and 32 other states already have similar…
    Katherine Restrepo, April 5, 2017
  • Want Affordable Health Insurance? Scale Back on Health Benefit Mandates

    Next week, the House health committee is scheduled to discuss HB 283, the Telehealth Fairness Act. If enacted, insurance companies would be forced to reimburse providers for any health service provided via telemedicine that is otherwise treated in-office. Similar telemedicine bills have been filed in previous sessions, however this version comes with a…
    Katherine Restrepo, March 31, 2017
  • House GOP Health Reform Bill Failed, But States Still Have Power To Improve Health Care Freedom

    If lawmakers in Congress have a Plan B for health reform, it’s essential that they decentralize power to the states. Let states enact policies that the majority of their constituents want, not Washington. If Vermont wants to try to achieve a sustainable single-payer model again, go for it. If North…
    Katherine Restrepo, March 29, 2017
  • Fate of Republican Health Care Alternative is Uncertain

    All hands are on deck now for the House GOP to garner enough support for AHCA to avoid going back to the drawing board. President Trump hasofficially intervened by reaming out the Freedom Caucus (specifically North Carolina Representative Mark Meadows) for their hard-line opposition to the bill, and amendments have been…
    Katherine Restrepo, March 23, 2017
  • Tomorrow ObamaCare Turns Seven Years Old. What’s In Store For The Year Ahead?

    Tomorrow marks the seventh birthday of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It might not make it to eight. That all depends, of course, on whether the House GOP can get enough party line votes to push their ACA “repeal” bill over to the Senate. Interestingly enough, Republicans are facing…
    Katherine Restrepo, March 22, 2017
  • What The CBO Says About Reconstructing Obamacare

    This week, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its score of the Republican Obamacare repeal bill, known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The 28-page document reports that, over a ten-year projection, AHCA will reduce federal deficits by $337 billion. It also estimates that a total of 52…
    Katherine Restrepo, March 16, 2017