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    Should North Carolina Insure Our Health Insurance?

    Earlier this week, JLF’s Jordan Roberts published a research brief examining the merits of reinsurance in state health exchanges and whether or not it could be a viable option for North Carolina. What is Reinsurance? It works a lot like personal health insurance. In individual health insurance, you pay a…
    Brenee Goforth, September 19, 2019
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    CJ Reports: After years of ACA premium hikes, Blue Cross N.C. announces CUTS

    This week, Carolina Journal’s Julie Havlak reported on the announced rate cuts for Blue Cross N.C. customers. According to Havlak: In 2020 Blue Cross N.C. will reduce average rates in all counties for the first time in more than 25 years, when it entered the current individual market. The insurer…
    Brenee Goforth, August 23, 2019
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    CJ Reports: Bill designed to help small businesses buy health insurance moves forward

    Carolina Journal’s Julie Havlak reported on a legislative push to promote affordable health insurance coverage for small businesses. According to Havlak: Senate Bill 86, which passed Wednesday, Aug. 7, would broaden access to association health plans, allowing small businesses to band together when negotiating with insurers and deciding on…
    Brenee Goforth, August 12, 2019
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    Jordan Roberts Poses the Question – “Should Congress Repeal the Cadillac Tax?”

    The United States health care system has been dominated by employer-sponsored health insurance for decades. Some 158 million Americans are estimated to receive their coverage through their employer, according to the most recent research brief from JLF’s Jordan Roberts. Roberts explains how this system came to be: Employer-sponsored insurance…
    Brenee Goforth, August 1, 2019
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    Medicare and Medicaid: rewarding failure

    David Balat and Dr. Deane Waldman of the Texas Public Policy Foundation wrote an interesting op-ed which discusses some of the problems with government-run health care. In particular, why it’s crazy for Americans to think growing these programs is a good idea. The piece starts off by…
    Jordan Roberts, June 20, 2019
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    Rhode Island Governor plans business tax to fund Medicaid expansion

    The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board recently examined Gov. Gina Raimondo’s plan to tax businesses to pay for part of the state share of Medicaid expansion: Medicaid expansion under ObamaCare was sold as a free federal lunch for the states, but the bill is now coming due. Witness Gov.
    Jordan Roberts, May 6, 2019
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    As expected, Gov. Cooper’s budget includes funding for Medicaid expansion

        As expected, Governor Cooper has included funding for Medicaid Expansion in his newly proposed recommended budget. FY 2019 would require a total of $2.1 billion in funding while the number almost doubles in FY 2020 totaling nearly $4.2 billion. 90% of Medicaid expansion costs are paid for…
    Jordan Roberts, March 6, 2019
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    Competing healthcare bills introduced in Congress

    Last week, representatives of the U.S. House introduced competing bills on healthcare. On the Democratic side, Rep. Pramila Jayapal introduced what she calls a “very different” Medicare-for-All bill than previous versions introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders. The bill would overhaul the U.S. healthcare system by…
    Jordan Roberts, March 4, 2019