Medicaid

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    More competition in Medicaid

    This week, Rep. Mark Green (R-TN) introduced a bill into Congress that would grant states more freedom in how they chose to spend their Medicaid dollars. The bill would allow states to allocate Medicaid dollars directly to patients and give them the power to chose how to spend…
    Jordan Roberts, May 15, 2019
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    Research Update: Examining the Claim That Medicaid Expansion Creates 40,000 Jobs

    JLF’s Roy Cordato examines the credibility of the 2014 study by the Cone Health Foundation and the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust that contends that Medicaid expansion in North Carolina would “create” over 40,000 jobs in the state by 2020. The Reynolds Charitable Trust appears to be more ideologically…
    Anna Manning, May 15, 2019
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    How to use one-time money

    Yesterday, the governor’s Office of State Budget and Management and the General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division released their latest consensus forecast, which includes the truly surprising April tax collections. Earlier reports suggested the revenue could be as much as $700 million higher than originally forecast. The final estimate is…
    Joseph Coletti, May 15, 2019
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    2019-21 House Budget: Appropriations and Availability

    You can read our Spotlight on the House Budget or, if you prefer tables and graphs, we have them below First, we compare appropriations and availability in the House budget with Gov. Cooper’s proposed budget. When we treat debt service similarly, we see the governor would have spent $600 million…
    Joseph Coletti, May 13, 2019
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    Tennessee chooses Medicaid recipients over federal money

    Tennessee is on the verge of seeking a block grant for Medicaid, the state-federal program that provides health coverage for children and their parents and long-term care for the elderly, blind, and disabled. The block grant would allow Tennessee to tailor Medicaid to the needs of its people, but…
    Joseph Coletti, May 8, 2019
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    New federal rules ‘trump’ labor groups

    Bill McMorris of the Washington Free Beacon highlights a federal rule change that will block one form of labor union shenanigans. Labor organizations will no longer be allowed to skim dues money from the checks of Medicaid patients under new rules adopted by the Trump administration. The Department…
    Mitch Kokai, May 7, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on an audit that suggests poor management of Medicaid managed care groups in North Carolina. The Daily Journal highlights two bills that focus on education outcomes, rather than inputs like teacher pay that tend to generate headlines.
    Mitch Kokai, May 7, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Two recent news stories paint a very different picture of targeted tax incentives. While Winston-Salem recently landed a major aircraft industry company without offering a single tax break, S.C. legislators continue to squabble over a multimillion-dollar package designed to lure the Carolina Panthers business operations south of the state line.
    Mitch Kokai, May 3, 2019