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)

  • North Carolina Telemedicine Startup Filling In Health Care Gaps

    RelyMD, a telehealth company founded in 2015 by an independent emergency physician group in North Carolina, is expediting access to health care across the state. In a matter of minutes, patients can connect via a computer, smartphone, or tablet to receive treatment from one of RelyMD’s board-certified physicians. The startup is part of…
    Katherine Restrepo, July 21, 2017
  • Telemedicine Working Faster Than The Government To Improve Health Care Access

    This week, the Senate failed to get the 50 votes necessary to pass part one of the GOP’s three-pronged strategy to reform the U.S. health insurance system. The push isn’t necessarily over yet, but the struggle is real. While the Congressional majority has good intentions of restoring more health freedom…
    Katherine Restrepo, July 20, 2017
  • States Should Have More Control Over Their Medicaid Programs, Not Washington

    As some members of the Congressional GOP are trying to put states back in charge over their private health insurance markets (for the most part), others also have a vision to grant states more flexibility and responsibility over Medicaid, the state-federal program that offers medical assistance to low-income children, parents, pregnant…
    Katherine Restrepo, July 14, 2017
  • Senate Health Reform Bill Should Adopt Ted Cruz’s Proposed Amendment

    There remains a strong intraparty divide between GOP Senators on how best to reform our nation’s complicated health care system. Principled conservatives argue that the Senate Health Care Bill, formally known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), is not ideal. For example, the bill keeps Affordable Care Act (ACA)-like…
    Katherine Restrepo, July 11, 2017
  • Final Health and Human Services Budget Invests In Reducing Unnecessary Trips To The ER

    North Carolina’s final $23 billion budget for the fiscal years 2017-19 has arrived, and there are plenty of pilot programs in the Health and Human Services (HHS) section that are designed to steer patients away from unnecessary (and expensive) trips to the Emergency Room. A few notable examples are listed below:…
    Katherine Restrepo, June 21, 2017
  • Let Patients Have More Health Care Options

    As final budget negotiations take place over the next couple of weeks, let’s hope that North Carolina lawmakers seize an opportunity to do away with Certificate of Need (CON), an outdated law that fails to act in the best interest of patients. Read more at Carolina Journal here.
    Katherine Restrepo, June 16, 2017
  • North Carolina Lawmakers Have Plans To Repeal Certificate Of Need Laws So Patients Can Enjoy Better Access To Health Care

    Patients deserve better access to both life-saving and life-preserving health care treatments. Which means that physicians, hospitals, and other health care facilities should be able to invest in their communities to address unmet patient demand for kidney dialysis units, cost-effective surgery centers, neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), nursing homes, and much, much,…
    Katherine Restrepo, June 14, 2017
  • More Choices For Patients, Please.

    If a group of physicians want to build a free-standing surgery center, they need state approval. If health care entrepreneurs see an opportunity to build an assisted living/residential care facility, they need state approval. If a hospital wants to invest in a new neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU), it needs state approval. In…
    Katherine Restrepo, June 12, 2017