Medicaid (page 2)

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    State awards additional $59,400 to sex ed advocacy group

    SHIFT NC, which seeks to “improve adolescent and young adult sexual health,” will receive an additional $59,400 in federal funds from the N.C. State Board of Education. Combined with the $211,600 contract awarded in 2016, the total received for this contract is $271,000. The description of the amendment to the…
    Terry Stoops, February 22, 2018
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    Will NC Be Impacted By Talk of New Medicaid Work Requirement?

    Great primer on the Medicaid work requirement issue. Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation senior political analyst, discusses the Trump administration’s decision to allow states to add work requirements to their Medicaid programs. Kokai offered these comments during the Jan. 19, 2018, edition of UNC-TV’s “Front Row with Marc Rotterman.”…
    Donna Martinez, January 23, 2018
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    Long-term care insurance

    Markets are not painless panaceas to prickly problems. We can marvel at the marvels of markets in the old movie Trading Places when the Duke brothers’ plans are foiled and they fall into financial ruin, but the pain that comes from bad outcomes from the best of intentions can have…
    Joseph Coletti, January 19, 2018
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    Medicaid and the opioid crisis

    Steve Birr reports for the Daily Caller on government’s role in the national opioid epidemic. One of the largest entitlement programs in the country is incentivizing prescription drug trafficking and exacerbating the national opioid epidemic, according to a Senate report. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental…
    Mitch Kokai, January 18, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on the mixed response to a restart model for low-performing N.C. public schools. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why Medicaid needs work requirements.
    Mitch Kokai, January 15, 2018
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    State budgets across the country

    State revenues across the country are growing at 2.5%, but increasing expenses for schools and health care mean appropriations will grow 3.5% without focused attention on policy and process changes to restrain spending, says National Conference of State Legislatures Executive Director William Pound in the most recent episode of NCSL’s…
    Joseph Coletti, January 11, 2018
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    Budget Basics: What is the General Fund?

    This is one of a series of blog posts to help understand common budget terms. The General Fund is what people tend to think of as the State Budget. Money raised for general, unspecified purposes goes there. Between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018, roughly $23.6 billion from state…
    Joseph Coletti, January 9, 2018
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    Medicaid work requirements in the works?

    Peter Sullivan reports for The Hill about a potential major change to the Medicaid program. The Trump administration is preparing to release guidelines soon for requiring Medicaid recipients to work, according to sources familiar with the plans, a major shift in the 50-year-old program. The guidelines will set…
    Mitch Kokai, January 8, 2018