Healthcare costs

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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
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    Kaiser Health News article discusses rising costs after Colorado expanded Medicaid program

    A new Kaiser Health News article titled “Medicaid Expansion Boosts Hospital Bottom Lines – And Prices” discussed the phenomenon of what is known as cost-shifting in hospitals and the experience in Colorado after the state expanded Medicaid.   Hospitals claim that…
    Jordan Roberts, March 27, 2019
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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