health care reform

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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
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    Benefits of dental therapy

    A recently published article in Inside Dentistry by Frank Catalanotto describes the benefits of dental therapy:  Dental therapists help dentists provide quality oral healthcare to more patients. A literature review of 1,100 studies and evaluations assessed dental…
    Jordan Roberts, December 18, 2019
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    Atrium, Novant fight over CON

    It’s hard not to laugh while reading the following excerpt from an article on CON laws from the Charlotte Observer:  Atrium Health and Novant Health agreed on one thing at a public hearing on Monday — Mecklenburg County needs more acute…
    Jordan Roberts, December 17, 2019