Medicaid (page 2)

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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
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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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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    The N.C. Medicaid budget appears headed toward reaching budget goals for a fourth straight year, and the program continues its move toward managed care. Dan Way provides a state Medicaid update during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Rick Henderson analyzes a possible N.C. Supreme Court…
    Mitch Kokai, December 1, 2017
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    Medicaid boosting insurance companies’ bottom line

    Melissa Fausz explains at National Review Online how Medicaid boosts “Big Insurance.” Expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act has been wildly successful in improving the fortunes of one particular group in California — just not the group Medicaid was intended to help. A recent Kaiser Health…
    Mitch Kokai, November 22, 2017