Health care

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    Two market-based health care reforms that focus on consumers

    James Capretta writes at RealClearPolicy.com about two market-based health care reforms worth prioritizing. Advocates of market incentives in health care should focus their energy on two reforms that would make a real difference by making it easier for consumers to identify and obtain high-value, low-cost care. These reforms…
    Mitch Kokai, January 20, 2020
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    New Rule Allows Dental Hygienists to “Fill the Gaps” in Oral Care

    On Thursday, January 16, the N.C. Rules Review Commission announced that dental hygienists in high-need areas will be allowed to treat patients without direct supervision. This is a step forward for dental care in the rural parts of North Carolina. Carolina Journal’s Julie Havlak explains: North Carolina’s rural communities are…
    Brenee Goforth, January 20, 2020
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    Roberts’ Review: 2019 NC Health Policy

    JLF’s health care researcher Jordan Roberts is recapping the health care legislation that passed (and didn’t pass) in North Carolina’s last legislative session. Medicaid Expansion Roberts writes: Medicaid expansion was a question of whether to expand our state’s Medicaid program to include able-bodied, working-age adults…
    Brenee Goforth, January 16, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online on a proposed rule change that would give N.C. dental hygienists more freedom to treat patients in rural areas and nursing homes. Andy Taylor’s Daily Journal analyzes the extension of politics into American foreign policy.
    Mitch Kokai, January 16, 2020
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    Kansas plans to use hospital tax scheme for Medicaid expansion

    It was recently announced the Democratic Governor of Kansas, and the Republican leader of the Kansas Senate reached a deal on Medicaid expansion. Kansas is going to use a hospital tax to fund the 10% state share of Medicaid expansion…
    Jordan Roberts, January 15, 2020
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    Complications in CON Lawsuit

    Dr. Gajendra Singh, a Winston-Salem surgeon, is suing the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) over its Certificate of Need (CON) law related to MRI machines. CON laws require hospitals and other health care facilities to apply for permission slips from the state to expand their services.
    Brenee Goforth, January 15, 2020
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    JLF’s Mitch Kokai Comments on Medicaid Expansion for Winston-Salem Journal

    This week, JLF’s Mitch Kokai was quoted in a piece for the Winston-Salem Journal on Medicaid expansion. The piece explains that, since Kansas passed its recent Medicaid expansion compromise, many are wondering if North Carolina may follow suit. The reporter, Richard Craver, writes: A first-term Democratic governor and the Republican…
    Brenee Goforth, January 14, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online that a legal setback isn’t stopping a legal challenge against North Carolina’s certificate-of-need restrictions. The Daily Journal explains how a recent N.C. Court of Appeals ruling helps boost the case for parental school choice.
    Mitch Kokai, January 14, 2020