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Single statewide health plan for foster children aims to end chaotic status quo

N.C. children in foster care are moved frequently, and when they arrive at their new placement, they are frequently dropped from their health providers and have to start over. Now it seems there is momentum to finally get something done to fix the issue. Now, there will likely be legislation on this issue during this 2022 short session that would to create one statewide health plan for children in foster care.

David Larson
News

N.C. House bill aims at protecting consumers from being financially ruined by medical debt

A North Carolina House bill aimed at protecting consumers from being financially destroyed by medical debt was filed Tuesday, May 24. H.B. 1039, Medical Debt De-Weaponization Act would create a pro-family, anti-poverty consumer protection law geared toward setting transparent parameters around the provision of charity care, limiting the ability of large medical facilities to charge unreasonable interest rates and employ unfair tactics in debt collection.

Theresa Opeka
News

Senate Republicans back Medicaid expansion, with health care access reforms

The N.C. General Assembly's Senate leadership announced a health care proposal that includes Medicaid expansion under the federal entitlement program, the Affordable Care Act. The bill contains with work requirements for Medicaid expansion enrollees, and measures bill sponsors say would cut regulations on the healthcare industry that limit the number of providers and facilities. State Medicaid expansion could put more than 600,000 able-bodied, working age adults onto taxpayer-funded healthcare program.

Donna King
Opinion

Progressives have no moral authority on body autonomy

Regardless of your position on the abortion debate, we can all agree that progressives have backed themselves into an ideological corner. It is entirely of their own doing. They have lost their collective moral authority on body autonomy. After the U.S. Supreme Court leak of a draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, progressives...

Joshua Peters
Opinion

Telehealth genie escaped the bottle

Before the onset of COVID-19 in early 2020, patients who preferred to obtain medical services through video chats or phone calls were unlikely to be reimbursed for those expenses. Medicare, for example, covered telehealth visits only for patients in remote rural areas and only if they journeyed to some other institution — a doctor’s office,...

John Hood

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