Medicaid

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    Candidate Question: What’s the state of Medicaid enrollment and how would this change with Medicaid Expansion?

    North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services provides a dashboard that tracks monthly Medicaid enrollment. NC Medicaid Enrollment in March = 2,182,617 Current NC Medicaid enrollment= 2,362,635 Current NC Population= 10,488,084 (July 2019) The current proportion of Medicaid enrollees to the entire population is approximately 22…
    Jordan Roberts, October 15, 2020
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    Health Insurance After COVID-19

    Millions of people are out of work in America. Thanks to the coronavirus and the economic turmoil that followed, many North Carolinians have not only lost their jobs but also their employer-sponsored health insurance. The significant impacts of these past few months on the insurance market are the subject of…
    Brenee Goforth, May 29, 2020
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    Medicaid Mismanagement and Fears of Medicaid Fraud from N.C. State Auditor

    Gov. Roy Cooper, in the wake of COVID-19, made it easier to apply for Medicaid. Carolina Journal’s Julie Havlak reports that N.C. State Auditor Beth Wood has concerns this may lead to Medicaid fraud. Havlak writes: Cooper’s executive order authorized DHHS to temporarily waive any restrictions on self-attestation, other than…
    Brenee Goforth, May 18, 2020
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    Coronavirus Is Not a Reason to Expand Medicaid

    The outbreak of Coronavirus has reignited calls for Medicaid expansion. Proponents claim that during this public health crisis, it is necessary to expand Medicaid to cover uninsured persons who may catch the virus. However, as JLF’s Jordan Roberts explains in his recent research brief, expanding Medicaid is not necessary for…
    Brenee Goforth, April 28, 2020
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    CMS approves North Carolina Medicaid Waiver

    Last week, North Carolina asked the federal government to waive some Medicaid regulations. On Monday, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved North Carolina’s Medicaid Section 1135 Waiver: Your communication to CMS on March 17, 2020, detai1ed a number of federal Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program…
    Jordan Roberts, March 24, 2020
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    COVID-19: What’s Been Done, What More The State Should Do

    The John Locke Foundation’s research team is putting out a package of policy recommendations focused on the Coronavirus this week. The schedule of policy briefs is as follows: Monday: (1) Health Care and (2) the State Budget Tuesday: (3) K-12 Education…
    Brenee Goforth, March 17, 2020
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    Medicaid Expansion Is A Public Choice Problem

    “Medicaid expansion is a public choice problem,” says JLF’s Jordan Roberts in a recent research brief. Expansion, he says, is a mix of uninformed and/or disengaged voters, self-interested politicians, and profit-maximizing special interests – the perfect formula for a public choice dilemma. Public choice problems arise when the gains of…
    Brenee Goforth, February 14, 2020
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    Kansas plans to use hospital tax scheme for Medicaid expansion

    It was recently announced the Democratic Governor of Kansas, and the Republican leader of the Kansas Senate reached a deal on Medicaid expansion. Kansas is going to use a hospital tax to fund the 10% state share of Medicaid expansion…
    Jordan Roberts, January 15, 2020