Healthcare costs

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    Medicaid expansion in Louisiana

    Chris Jacobs of the Juniper Research Group penned a revealing Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal on the experience that Louisiana had following the expansion of their Medicaid program. Of course, Medicaid expansion is a policy…
    Jordan Roberts, June 10, 2019
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    Can Medicaid handle another recession?

    A new budget for fiscal years 2019 and 2020 is currently working its way through the North Carolina General Assembly (See here and here for more). Lots of discussions during budget negotiations have focused on long term sustainability…
    Jordan Roberts, June 4, 2019
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    Congress could unleash DPC with minor change

    Here in North Carolina, we have a favorable direct primary care (DPC) climate, which allows for the creation and use of these primary care models. Many states have codified into law that DPC membership fees aren’t insurance premiums, thus exempting them from…
    Jordan Roberts, May 28, 2019
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    An introduction to dental therapy

    Have you ever heard of dental therapy? No, it has nothing to do with a psychologist or psychiatrist examining your teeth. Dental therapists are highly trained mid-level dental practitioners who focus on preventive and restorative care working under the supervision of a dentist. Think of…
    Jordan Roberts, May 21, 2019
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    More competition in Medicaid

    This week, Rep. Mark Green (R-TN) introduced a bill into Congress that would grant states more freedom in how they chose to spend their Medicaid dollars. The bill would allow states to allocate Medicaid dollars directly to patients and give them the power to chose how to spend…
    Jordan Roberts, May 15, 2019
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    Florida legislature repeals CON laws

    When Florida is in the news, it usually a national political story such as the Bush v. Gore recount from the 2000 election or something bizarre such as this recent story where police responded to a disturbance call and found an intoxicated gentleman who told police he was…
    Jordan Roberts, May 1, 2019
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    House Rules Committee to hold hearing on Medicare for All

    Today at 10 a.m. the House Rules Committee will hold a hearing on the Medicare for All Act of 2019. The House version of a massive government takeover of the healthcare sector is sponsored by Rep. Jayapal along with more than 100 co-sponsors. This bill is similar to the…
    Jordan Roberts, April 30, 2019
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    Trump moving forward with another round of healthcare debate

    In another healthcare twist, the President now plans to repeal and replace Obamacare after the 2020 election: The Trump administration just last week agreed with a federal judge’s ruling that said the entire Obamacare law should be struck down. I posted to the blog that it was politically unwise…
    Jordan Roberts, April 2, 2019