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    We’re running out of productive workers? Please.

    A new bit of disinformation from the Higher Education Works Foundation features outgoing UNC system president Thomas W. Ross. Ross has read a Bloomberg article, he says, that claims, in his words, “We’re not going to have enough college graduates to fill the jobs in America.” (Here’s the article,…
    Harry Painter, May 12, 2015
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    Gaston County Commissioners approve healthcare for life

    The all republican board of the Gaston County commission voted to give themselves health insurance for life, at the taxpayers expense. Here are some of the details from a news article: “Taxpayers would pay the majority cost to keep commissioners on the plan. For the basic PPO the commissioner would…
    Sarah Curry, April 29, 2015
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    Invasive Health Assessment Takes “NEXT STEP”

    Earlier this month, I wrote on the invasive health assessment form used for 5 year old kindergarten students. Last week the New Hanover School Board got a presentation from the County Manager’s Office, showing HOW this information can be used. Remember, these forms are NOT “voluntary,” but required…
    Lindalyn Kakadelis, April 28, 2015
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    Congress is discussing changes to Medicare and CHIP

    Last week, the Centers for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) provided information to states on the April 1 expiration of the Transitional Medical Assistance (TMA) and the Qualifying Individuals (QI) programs. TMA allows families to keep Medicaid coverage for 6 to 12 months after their earnings rise, depending on…
    Sarah Curry, April 15, 2015
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    How are the states financing their Medicaid payments?

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released the comprehensive questionnaire data from a survey conducted on states’ methods for Medicaid payment financing from fiscal 2008 through fiscal 2012 (using the state fiscal year calendar). States finance the nonfederal share of Medicaid expenditures largely through state general funds, but…
    Sarah Curry, March 25, 2015
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    How many economic development bills are there?

    Governor McCrory wanted the legislature to address his desire to give more money away to corporations as soon as the session began.  Well, it worked!  So far the legislature has filed 15 bills dealing with economic development.  Oh, and guess what….none of them are to repeal the use of…
    Sarah Curry, March 19, 2015
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    High-Risk Federal Programs Report

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an update to its list of high-risk federal program areas, which is updated every two years. The Medicaid program remains on GAO’s list of designated high-risk programs, primarily due to its size and the variability of program structures from state to state. GAO…
    Sarah Curry, March 19, 2015
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    4 Republican legislators are pushing their version of “free” community college in NC

    If you thought President Obama’s stumping for “free” community college was nothing but hot air, you were likely wrong. It may have been mostly hot air, but the power of the bully pulpit is not to be underestimated. Here in North Carolina, home of a “trifecta” Republican government, legislators…
    Harry Painter, March 18, 2015