Health care

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    JLF’s Becki Gray Reacts To Cardinal Innovations Controversy

    Becki Gray, John Locke Foundation senior vice president, discusses the N.C. General Assembly’s reaction to state government’s takeover of Cardinal Innovations, the state’s largest behavioral health network. Gray offered these comments during the Dec. 12, 2o17, edition of Spectrum News’ “Capital Tonight.” Watch Becki and then read…
    Donna Martinez, December 14, 2017
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    CJ: Lawmakers, DHHS officials have former Cardinal execs in cross-hairs

    Must-read story about $3.8 million in severance pay paid out to Cardinal Innovations execs. Angry lawmakers on Tuesday advocated civil and possibly criminal action against former executives of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions, the state’s largest behavioral health network. The state wants to recoup $3.8 million in severance pay to…
    Donna Martinez, December 13, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on state lawmakers’ reaction to the recent government takeover of behavioral health network Cardinal Innovations. John Hood’s Daily Journal rebuts the annual columns that portray Christmas gift exchanges as economic losers.
    Mitch Kokai, December 13, 2017
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    A history of federal entitlements

    John Cogan explains how federal entitlements have always grown in his new book, The High Cost of Good Intentions. He told stories of veterans’ benefits, FDR’s early opposition to entitlements, the “theatrical sham” of the Social Security Trust Fund on EconTalk with Russ Roberts. You can see the growth…
    Joseph Coletti, December 11, 2017
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    What will happen to high-tax states?

    Ray Dalio’s team projects life without the state and local tax deduction will result in higher effective taxes in high tax states, more flight from those states and lower tax collections. The Wall Street Journal sees some of the effects in California, where Gov. Jerry Brown argues that…
    Joseph Coletti, December 8, 2017
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    Certificate-Of-Need Law Strikes Again

    From the Raleigh News & Observer comes another example of how a state requirement called “Certificate of Need” limits competition and access to care. WakeMed’s $60 million plan to expand its Cary hospital could stall or never happen if crosstown rival UNC Rex Healthcare has its way. Rex contends…
    Donna Martinez, December 7, 2017
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    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
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    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