Healthcare costs

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    AHPs offering robust benefits, projected to have little to no effect on insurance markets

    The North Carolina Senate recently voted to approve SB 86, the Small Business Health Care Act. This bill would align North Carolina law with federal law to give small businesses and self-proprietors more power to band together to…
    Jordan Roberts, March 21, 2019
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    The truth about Medicaid expansion money

    The question of cost has been central in the Medicaid expansion debate here in North Carolina. On this topic, a few claims need to be cleared up. First, there is the idea that by not expanding Medicaid we are sending North Carolina tax dollars to the federal government which, in…
    Jordan Roberts, March 13, 2019
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    Trump admin considering mandate for more healthcare price transparency

    The Trump administration is weighing whether to require hospitals, doctors and other healthcare providers to disclose negotiated rates with insurers. According to the Wall Street Journal: Mandating public disclosure of the rates would upend a longstanding industry practice and put…
    Jordan Roberts, March 8, 2019
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    Former CMS official calls Treasurer’s plan “responsible, generous”

    Legislation has been filed to stop Treasuer Dale Folwell form instituting his proposed changes to the reimbursement model the State Health Plan uses. The battle over how the state’s largest purchaser of healthcare will pay for claims is now making…
    Jordan Roberts, March 5, 2019
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    Competing healthcare bills introduced in Congress

    Last week, representatives of the U.S. House introduced competing bills on healthcare. On the Democratic side, Rep. Pramila Jayapal introduced what she calls a “very different” Medicare-for-All bill than previous versions introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders. The bill would overhaul the U.S. healthcare system by…
    Jordan Roberts, March 4, 2019
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    Association health plans show promising trends

    A new report released by associationhealthplans.com show that association health plans offer many benefits and are being utilized: Report Highlights: Regional associations launched 71 percent of new AHPs Vast majority of new regional associations are chamber of commerce-based 4 out of 5 new AHPs are insured through a third-party insurance…
    Jordan Roberts, January 31, 2019
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    Harris walks back “Medicare-for-All” comments

    It didn’t take long for Kamala Harris to walk back some of her comments concerning her desire to wipe out the health insurance industry. From an article posted on CNN.com: As the furor grew, a…
    Jordan Roberts, January 30, 2019
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    At least Kamala Harris is honest

    2020 Democratic nominee hopeful Kamala Harris participated a town hall with Jake Tapper in Iowa last night. She was asked about her stances on many issues including the popular “Medicare-for-All” proposal (for more discussion of this proposal see here, here, and here). Here is Kamala’s answer…
    Jordan Roberts, January 29, 2019