Health Care

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    John Locke Foundation Files Friend-of-the-Court Brief In Case Challenging North Carolina’s Certificate-of-Need Law

    New Bern eye surgeon’s suit says law blocks him from providing lower-cost service RALEIGH — The John Locke Foundation has filed an amicus brief in Singleton v. NC DHHS, the lawsuit filed against the State of North Carolina by New Bern eye surgeon Dr. Jay Singleton. The brief…
    Donna Martinez, June 1, 2021
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    Warning for NC: Medicaid Expansion Offers Empty Promises

    Today’s Real Clear Policy included an article warning North Carolina against being seduced by the siren song of empty promises sung by Medicaid expansion supporters: As far back as 2014, Arkansas Senator Bryan King (R) warned other states not to expand after watching his state’s “…
    Brian Balfour, May 27, 2021
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    State’s CON Law Forces 2 Hospitals Into Ridiculous Fight Over Beds & Operating Rooms

    North Carolina’s certificate-of-need law is an outdated law that dates back to the 1970s. It’s a failed economic policy from the feds that turns economics on its head when it comes to the supply of health and medical care. Locke’s Brian Balfour wrote about CON in North Carolina for…
    Donna Martinez, May 19, 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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    New bills would eliminate CON laws in NC

    Legislation introduced this week would decrease healthcare costs and increase access to medical care for North Carolinians, by eliminating our backwards and restrictive Certificate of Need (CON) laws. House Bill 410, sponsored by Republicans Kidwell, Hanig, Goodwin and Sasser; along with an identical Senate Bill,…
    Brian Balfour, March 25, 2021
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    Talking without a government license?

    It’s the classic tale of government overstepping its bounds, making itself a burden to the very people it purports to help. A professional counselor in Virginia has been told by District of Columbia bureaucrats that she can’t offer online teletherapy to people who live right next door to her…
    Donna Martinez, March 11, 2021
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    Vaccine ingenuity on display

    From the Associated Press comes the story of ingenuity and quick thinking in Oregon. Oregon health workers who got stuck in a snowstorm on their way back from a COVID-19 vaccination event went car to car injecting stranded drivers before several of the doses expired.
    Donna Martinez, January 29, 2021