health care reform

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    Significant Certificate-of-Need Reforms On The Way To The Governor’s Desk

    SB 462 which makes changes to NC’s outdated and draconian Certificate of Need (CON) laws is on its way to Governor Cooper’s desk. The John Locke Foundation has advocated for CON reform for decades. CON laws drive up costs, limit access and impede quality of health care.  Although…
    Becki Gray, August 25, 2021
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    Health care reforms continue to move through Senate

    Today will be a busy day for the Senate Rules Committee. As of this writing, the committee is set to hear 18 bills when they get together later. Among the bills the Senate Rules Committee plans to hear today are four really good pieces of health care legislation that are…
    Jordan Roberts, May 4, 2021
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    NCGA to consider health provider and insurance reforms

    My last blog post described what I believe are two bad pieces of health care policy that were introduced recently in the North Carolina General Assembly. The blog detailed two insurance mandates dealing with telehealth coverage and chiropractic services. The main problem with insurance mandates is they result in…
    Jordan Roberts, April 21, 2021
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    Thoughts on Governor Cooper’s NC Council on Health Care Coverage meeting

    This morning was the first meeting of the North Carolina Council for Health Care Coverage, set up by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. The council is comprised of North Carolina legislators from both sides of the aisle, researchers from North Carolina educational institutions, and private sector stakeholders. Here is how…
    Jordan Roberts, December 4, 2020
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    Candidate Question: What can be done to bring down healthcare costs and help all NC citizens receive coverage?

    In order to bring down health care costs in NC, the state legislature needs to focus on both supply-side and demand-side health care reforms. Here is a list of possible supply-side reforms: Create a system for recognizing out-of-state health care licenses. Codify an inclusive definition of telehealth practices and…
    Jordan Roberts, October 29, 2020
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    Sen. Paul introduces universal HSA bill

    U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) recently introduced a bill that would dramatically liberalize the rules and regulations regarding health savings accounts (HSA). HSA’s are accounts that individuals and employers can donate tax-free dollars to be used on qualified health expenses. Currently, the law says that only those who have…
    Jordan Roberts, August 3, 2020
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    Supreme Court to hear ACA challenge

    Yesterday, the Supreme Court said that it would take up California v. Texas, a case regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare. For weeks it has been unclear whether the Court would take up the case. Now the case has…
    Jordan Roberts, March 3, 2020
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    7th-grade students write in support for pending CON application

    Readers of the Locker Room know how our organization feels about certificate of need (CON) laws. These laws are anticompetitive, infringe on economic rights, and fail to hold down the rising…
    Jordan Roberts, February 11, 2020