Is McCrory more conservative than Berger?

Entrepreneur and civic leader Algenon Cash is the host of “Locked In,” a program on Greensboro radio station WTOB. I appeared on a recent episode along with former Gov. Pat McCrory, who’d just lost the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. McCrory had much to say about that race, as you might expect. But what I...

John Hood

Locke’s Mitch Kokai discusses N.C. Senate leader’s embrace of Medicaid expansion

Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation senior political analyst, discusses N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger’s decision to support Medicaid expansion. Kokai offered these comments during the May 27, 2022, edition of Spectrum News 1’s “Capital Tonight.”

Mitch Kokai

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

Most GOP voters oppose Medicaid expansion

A new statewide poll out Thursday shows that a majority of Republican primary voters oppose expanding North Carolina’s Medicaid entitlement program. Once the details of Medicaid expansion are offered to respondents their opposition climbs, pointing to a potential messaging hole for expansion opponents. North Carolina is one of 12 states nationwide that has not expanded...

Donna King

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Appeals dropped in lawsuit challenging state’s Medicaid transformation decisions

Less than a week before lawyers on both sides of the case were scheduled to head to the N.C. Court of Appeals, a lawsuit challenging key decisions in North Carolina’s Medicaid “transformation” is going away. Two health care providers, Aetna and My Health, filed paperwork Wednesday asking the Appeals Court to dismiss their appeals. Both...

CJ Staff

Medicaid transformation finally complete with transition to managed care 

After years of delays, North Carolina’s Medicaid program has finally transitioned to a managed care system — becoming the last large state to do so.  Starting  July 1, the state’s Medicaid system will be operated as a managed care program, essentially privatizing a system that once relied on the government paying medical providers directly based...

Andrew Dunn

Cooper welcomes Centene to N.C., as the company settles Medicaid lawsuits from other states

N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper was in Charlotte Monday to welcome the Centene Corporation, a provider of managed care services for Medicaid, public, and private health plans. It claims to be the largest provider of Medicaid services in the nation. The company announced last year that it selected Charlotte for its East Coast regional headquarters after...

Donna King

GOP voters: ‘yes’ to school choice and ballot security, ‘no’ on Medicaid

Republican state legislators have the full backing of their voting base on three key issues now being debating at the North Carolina General Assembly. This is according to new survey results of likely 2022 GOP primary voters obtained exclusively by Carolina Journal. Large majorities of North Carolina Republican voters continue to back GOP efforts in...

Dallas Woodhouse

State auditor finds a bevy of unlicensed providers receive Medicaid funds

An audit released by State Auditor Beth Wood’s office Thursday, Feb. 18, found the state Department of Health and Human Services did a poor job of gatekeeping the Medicaid Provider Enrollment process. The auditor’s office says HHS didn’t properly ensure that only qualified providers were approved to provide services to Medicaid beneficiaries and to get...

Johnny Kampis