Tag:medicaid

  • Insurance mandate was never wise

    Conservatives should hasten and formalize the transition of the insurance exchanges into high-risk pools, the policy Washington and the states should have pursued in the first place.

  • Vote wisely when considering constitutional amendments 

    What can lawmakers consider during the 2018 short session? Not everything, because of limits imposed by the long session Adjournment Resolution. Important issues such as school funding, certificate of need repeal, work requirements for Medicaid, repeal of the capital gains tax, changes to the ABC system, and more will be delayed until 2019.  But there’s still plenty of work for legislators. Cross-over bills…

  • N.C. teachers are getting political

    The May 16 teacher gathering in Raleigh is inspired by teacher demonstrations in other states and is energized by the desire of public school advocacy groups to weaken Republican control of the General Assembly. It’s political mobilization disguised as a “rally for respect.” The N.C. Association of Educators has been…

  • Medicaid and education dominate state spending

    Medicaid is the largest spending item of the roughly $53 billion flowing through state coffers this year, yet state policymakers have minimal control over the program. Joseph Coletti, a senior fellow at the John Locke Foundation, noted the major role of Medicaid and other health and…

  • 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…

  • Reforming health care is critical

    Health care reform is only worth doing if it will significantly constrain the inflation of health care costs in the coming years and decades, including expenditures by Medicare and Medicaid.

  • Shrinking government takes courage

    When it comes to acting on fiscally conservative principles, there are important differences between Republican lawmakers in Raleigh and Republican politicians in Washington, D.C.

  • Legislative leaders dismiss lawsuit over Medicaid expansion

    With Gov. Roy Cooper’s desire to expand Medicaid withering on the vine, legislative leaders decided to dismiss a lawsuit that sought to block what they saw as unconstitutional action. “We are pleased Gov. Cooper abandoned his plan to defy state and federal law and unilaterally expand…

  • Medicaid reform measure moves forward in Senate committee

    A Senate panel passed legislation Thursday to accelerate mental health Medicaid reform and free up nearly $1 billion in frozen assets to provide more behavioral health services. Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell, a co-chairman of the Senate Health Care Committee, presented an amended version of House Bill 403 that…