Tag:medicaid

  • Health policy at General Assembly: 2019 in review  

    It was a tumultuous year for lawmakers in the General Assembly. Lasting well into October, this ‘long session’ was unusually long compared to years past. As will be the case in the 2020 election cycle, health care dominated the issues discussed during policymaking in this session. Many bills related…

  • Is Medicaid properly helping those in the shadows?

    Hubert Humphrey once said, “The ultimate moral test of any government is the way it treats three groups of its citizens. First, those in the dawn of life — our children. Second, those in the shadows of life — our needy, our sick, our handicapped. Third, those in the twilight…

  • Boost health access by lowering cost

    North Carolina should not let its licensing laws block rural residents from accessing out-of-state specialists as long as those physicians are in good standing with their home states’ medical boards.

  • State audit finds poor oversight of Medicaid managed care groups

    The state’s tax-supported managed care agencies for mental health are a mess. That’s the gist of an audit released Monday, May 6, by State Auditor Beth Wood. It rebuked the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ oversight of seven Local Management Entities/Managed Care Organizations. And…

  • State audit finds $100 million in Medicaid errors at DHHS

    The state Department of Health and Human Services improperly paid more than $100 million in Medicaid claims during fiscal year 2018, State Auditor Beth Wood reported. An audit released Monday, April 8, highlighted a series of errors and weaknesses in DHHS operations. Some…

  • BCBSNC partners with companies to open clinics for Medicaid patients

    North Carolina’s largest insurer has brokered an agreement with three national health care companies to open intensive primary care clinics this year in areas lacking services. “When patients with multiple health issues have access to intensive primary care, we know they’re more satisfied, and we know…

  • Funding surplus in N.C.? The money is already spent 

    There’s no extra money.  The 2019-20 General Assembly session is well under way. Bills are being filed and committees are meeting, but the attention will soon fall on the biennial budget, which the governor introduced this week and included new and expanded spending, including a 9.1…

  • Redistributing income isn’t investment

    There are clearly public investments worth raising taxes to finance — but after a certain point, higher taxes depress valuable private investment more than they increase valuable public investment.