Katherine Restrepo

Director Of Healthcare Policy

Posts by Katherine Restrepo (page 8)

  • As Senate GOP Fumbles Health Reform, Telemedicine Delivers Better Access To Health Care

    While the Congressional GOP has good intentions to restore more health freedom at the state level, they have so far failed to reach a consensus. Meanwhile, market forces and the states are already working to make health care access more convenient, price transparent, and affordable. Telemedicine, for…
    Katherine Restrepo, July 27, 2017
  • Senate Trying To Cobble Together Votes To Proceed With Debate Over House Health Care Bill

    This afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to get the 50 votes he needs to initiate debate on various proposed amendments to the House’s ‘Obamacare repeal and replace’ bill. Not surprisingly, there has yet to be a single amendment that GOP Senators can agree on to be sent over…
    Katherine Restrepo, July 25, 2017
  • 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