Medicaid

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    Medicaid expansion and improper eligibility

    Former special assistant to President Trump at the National Economic Council, Brian Blase, and University of Kentucky economics professor, Aaron Yelowitz, wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal about the experience of some states who have expanded Medicaid…
    Jordan Roberts, August 15, 2019
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    Asking questions media won’t about supposed job creation from expanding Medicaid

    Gov. Roy Cooper is touting Medicaid expansion now as a "jobs" program, saying it would "add an estimated 37,200 more jobs to North Carolina." If you wondered "Based on what?" or "Estimated by whom?" you are ahead of the game.
    Jon Sanders, July 12, 2019
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    Managed care rollout threatened by budget stalemate

    The Governor and the Republican leadership in the General Assembly both have their feet dug in on the budget battle. The fiscal year ended at the end of June and North Carolina currently does not have a budget for the new biennium (FY 2019-21).   The Senate…
    Jordan Roberts, July 10, 2019
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    My response to a Wilmington Star News reader on Medicaid Expansion

    Back on June 26th, the Wilmington Star News published a letter to the editor written by myself which was a response to an editorial by the newspaper which called on North Carolina to expand Medicaid. In the allotted space, I explained that despite…
    Jordan Roberts, July 8, 2019
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    Medicare and Medicaid: rewarding failure

    David Balat and Dr. Deane Waldman of the Texas Public Policy Foundation wrote an interesting op-ed which discusses some of the problems with government-run health care. In particular, why it’s crazy for Americans to think growing these programs is a good idea. The piece starts off by…
    Jordan Roberts, June 20, 2019
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    Medicaid fraud scheme uncovered in Greensboro

    The best description I have heard of for describing Medicaid and Medicare fraud is it’s like playing whack-a-mole: you can find one bad actor and then three more pop up. Fraudsters can fairly easily defraud Medicaid and Medicare if they want to. I have posted about this…
    Jordan Roberts, June 17, 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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    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