Health Care

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    Medicaid expansion and improper eligibility

    Former special assistant to President Trump at the National Economic Council, Brian Blase, and University of Kentucky economics professor, Aaron Yelowitz, wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal about the experience of some states who have expanded Medicaid…
    Jordan Roberts, August 15, 2019
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    NCGA should create more health coverage options for small business

    Back in mid-March, the North Carolina Senate passed SB 86, the Small Business Health Care Act. This bill would create the opportunity for easy formation of large group health plans among employer members of an association which can include small businesses and sole…
    Jordan Roberts, August 7, 2019
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    Canadians experience long wait time for care

    In the June edition of Carolina Journal, I wrote a column titled “American Should Be Skeptical of Single-Payer Promises.” Different flavors of Medicare for all or public options have been a focal point of the 2020 Democratic primary. Many…
    Jordan Roberts, August 6, 2019
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    5 steps for more patient-driven health care

    Health care economist John Goodman and the Heritage Foundation’s Marie Fishpaw used an op-ed in the National Review to discuss five ways to promote more patient-driven, high-value health care. Health care reform is the number one issue voters would like to…
    Jordan Roberts, August 1, 2019
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    Special interests love the status quo in health care

    Have you ever wondered why, despite glaring problems in our health care system, nothing ever really changes? Despite astronomically high prices for prescription drugs, unaffordable insurance, surprise bills, massive hospital consolidation, no members of Congress can do anything. The answer is simple: health care special interests like the status quo.
    Jordan Roberts, July 25, 2019
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    You’re allowed to use HSA dollars for ’23andMe,’ but not direct primary care

    I frequently write about direct primary care (DPC) on the blog. DPC is an innovative health care delivery model that doesn’t accept insurance. Yes, you read that right. DPC doctors are primary care doctors that don’t take health insurance and instead treat patients for a small monthly fee, usually…
    Jordan Roberts, July 24, 2019
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    Treasurer Folwell extends SHP deadline

    The second most contentious health care issue in North Carolina this year behind Medicaid expansion is the proposed changes to the State Health Plan. The State Treasurer Dale Folwell and the Board of Trustees for the Plan set out to change the way that the State Health Plan…
    Jordan Roberts, July 23, 2019
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    Mental health issues among America’s youngest generations

    In this month’s Carolina Journal, I wrote about a sensitive subject to many: mental health. I wrote about a trend that I, and many others, find alarming. That is the trend of our youngest generations developing mental health issues such as…
    Jordan Roberts, July 17, 2019