Archive: Obamacare in North Carolina

  • Medicaid program staying under budget as switch to managed care looms

    The once-floundering state Medicaid system is expected to stay within its budget for the fourth consecutive year. Meanwhile, a planned switch to managed care is getting positive reviews from federal regulators. State Department of Health and Human Services officials gave those updates Tuesday to members of…

  • Future of free-market health reforms uncertain, experts say

    DURHAM — Republicans’ failure to repeal and replace Obamacare leaves the fate of free-market health reforms unclear. Some analysts maintain faith the states have enough leeway to deregulate insurance markets even if Washington fails to act. Others are more skeptical, saying federal bureaucrats must make a…

  • Will Obamacare collapse, or will feds put it on life support?

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Health policy experts disagree whether significant free-market reforms can supplant Obamacare despite the program’s rocky decline. During a panel discussion Monday at the State Policy Network annual convention, they agreed congressional Republicans are unlikely to honor seven years of promises to repeal and replace the Affordable Care…

  • Medicaid ‘listening tour’ as much cheerleading as discussion

    GREENSBORO — State Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen got an earful Monday night as she launched a statewide tour to solicit opinions about Medicaid reform. Several dozen medical providers and association officials, patients, and parents of children on Medicaid attended the first…

  • House Medicaid expansion plan getting chilly reception

    If it is modeled after a Medicaid expansion program, and is funded like a Medicaid expansion program, it is a Medicaid expansion program. That’s what health care analyst Nic Horton says. Horton, a senior research fellow at the Florida-based Foundation for Government Accountability, which has scrutinized…

  • Conservative state lawmakers zing Obamacare replacement plan

    Saying the American Health Care Act “has problematic provisions [including] infringements on state sovereignty,” nine Republican members of the General Assembly have urged GOP congressional leaders to make big changes in the Obamacare replacement plan being circulated in Washington. The letter, signed by more than 160 state lawmakers as of…

  • Foxx’s House committee hears Obamacare horror stories

    Small businesses are still hurting from the effects of Obamacare, several entrepreneurs testified on Wednesday before a congressional committee looking at the impacts of and considering alternative to the 2010 health insurance law. The main message business owners gave to the House Committee on Education and the…

  • Direct Primary Care Seen As Alternative To Insurance

    RALEIGH — Amy Walsh remembers vividly the day she quit her job as primary-care doctor at a medical practice to seek a better way to provide health care. In a few weeks she will join nearly a dozen direct primary care family practices in North Carolina that deliver primary services…