health care reform

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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
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    Nurse Practitioner workforce is growing

    The nurse practitioner (NP) workforce is growing in the United States. A new study published in Health Affairs looked at the growth rate of the profession since 2010:  The number of FTE NPs in the US…
    Jordan Roberts, February 5, 2020
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    Michigan to allow remote pharmacies

    Patients in Michigan will now be able to pick up prescriptions at remote pharmacies:  LANSING — People will be able to pick up prescriptions at certain pharmacies in Michigan that are not staffed by an on-site pharmacist under legislation signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
    Jordan Roberts, January 29, 2020
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    A Win for Patient Data Privacy

    I recently posted on the blog about a letter I signed on to encouraging Congress to continue a prohibition on any federal funds going towards the creation of a unique patient identifier. Here’s an excerpt from the blog post on what is the UPI: A UPI would assign…
    Jordan Roberts, December 18, 2019