Katherine Restrepo

Director Of Healthcare Policy

Posts by Katherine Restrepo (page 4)

  • Will Medicaid Work Requirements Really Work?

    Yesterday, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that states will have the opportunity to implement work requirements as part of Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance program for low-income people. North Carolina is one of ten states that has thus far expressed interest in instituting a…
    Katherine Restrepo, January 12, 2018
  • Dental Therapists Bringing Better Access To Health Care For Rural Patients

    Legislators in North Carolina are acutely aware that health care is hard to come by in rural areas of the state, which is why the committee on Access to Healthcare in Rural North Carolina held its first meeting earlier this week to take on the issue. Experts and advocates…
    Katherine Restrepo, January 11, 2018
  • North Carolina Legislators Focus On Improving Rural Health Care

    Rural health care is struggling. Right now, over 14 percent of North Carolinians  live in primary care shortage areas. Over 30 percent of counties find difficulty accessing mental health needs, while a quarter are lacking an obstetrician. It’s worth noting that ‘rural’ is a debatable term, since the federal…
    Katherine Restrepo, January 10, 2018
  • Waiting For New Rules On Affordable Heath Insurance

    In today’s news, Axios reports that new federal rules could be released today regarding the sale of short-term health plans, or insurance policies that offer limited benefits and don’t have to abide by Obamacare’s expensive insurance regulations. The pending announcement is a response to President Trump’s executive order…
    Katherine Restrepo, January 4, 2018
  • Scrapping Obamacare’s Individual Mandate Brings Tax Relief To Middle Class

    In 2015, more than a quarter of a million North Carolina households were forced to pay a tax for not purchasing an Obamacare health insurance plan. In that year alone, the state total amounted to $48 million. Nationwide, 7.9 million returns paid out $1.6 billion. Who are the people…
    Katherine Restrepo, January 3, 2018
  • GOP Tax Bill Says Goodbye To Obamacare’s Individual Mandate

    It isn’t all that effective, anyway. As of this afternoon, the GOP tax reform package has been approved by the House and is now headed to the Senate for a final vote this evening. If President Trump signs the bill, Americans will no longer face a tax penalty…
    Katherine Restrepo, December 19, 2017
  • Ironically, Obamacare’s ‘Consumer Protections’ Make Health Care More Expensive

    Under Obamacare, insurers are required to cover more benefits, can’t deny coverage for a policyholder’s pre-existing condition, and are prohibited from accurately pricing people’s risk based on their health status. They also can’t charge older policyholders’ premiums more than three times the amount of a young person’s premium. All these…
    Katherine Restrepo, December 7, 2017
  • When You Pay Cash For Health Care, There Are No ‘Surprise Bills’

    In my newsletter this week, I talk about the growing prevalence of surprise medical billing, or when patients are unexpectedly charged for out-of-network services that are 20-40 times higher than the going in-network rate. Many states have passed laws that remove the patient from a surprise bill situation and leave the…
    Katherine Restrepo, December 7, 2017