Medicaid (page 2)

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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
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    Medicaid expansion ‘out of control,’ ‘unsustainable’

    The subheadline of Nicholas Horton’s National Review Online column uses those terms to describe a proposal North Carolina legislative leaders have been fighting ever since the Affordable Care Act squeaked through a deeply divided Congress. It’s not the lead story on the nightly news, and it’s not generating…
    Mitch Kokai, November 16, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the N.C. Medicaid program’s budget and transition toward managed care. Julie Tisdale’s Daily Journal highlights real pain linked to North Carolina’s certificate-of-need restrictions.
    Mitch Kokai, November 16, 2017
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    Could Maine’s Vote To Expand Medicaid Impact North Carolina?

    JLF’s Mitch Kokai talked with Richard Craver of the Winston-Salem Journal about North Carolina’s appetite — or lack thereof — for expanding Medicaid. Maine voters recently did so via referendum. Mitch Kokai, policy analyst with Libertarian think tank John Locke Foundation, said he doubts the Maine expansion referendum results “will…
    Donna Martinez, November 13, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that legislative leaders are skeptical about the latest proposal to expand North Carolina’s Medicaid program. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights five key facts about North Carolina’s new state budget. No. 3 will shock you! (Not really. I just couldn’t resist throwing…
    Mitch Kokai, August 9, 2017
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    Another Medicaid deficiency

    Ali Meyer of the Washington Free Beacon reports the latest evidence that Medicaid patients receive worse health care than those with private insurance. Medicaid patients with glaucoma received less testing than those with commercial health insurance, according to a study from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Researchers evaluated…
    Mitch Kokai, July 26, 2017
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    Medicaid and the waiting game

    Ali Meyer of the Washington Free Beacon delivers bad news for those who continue to push for Medicaid expansion. Medicaid patients spend more time waiting for a doctor than those who are privately insured, according to a report from Health Affairs. The study collected data from 21.4 million…
    Mitch Kokai, July 7, 2017
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    Lazy columnist hurts debate on Obamacare and Medicaid

    Jonathan Ingram writes at the Federalist website about one columnist’s effort to dispel inconvenient facts about Obamacare and Medicaid. It seems that even Pulitzer Prize-winning columnists can get away without fact-checking these days. Or such is the impression after reading Michael Hiltzik’s June 26 column in the Los…
    Mitch Kokai, July 6, 2017