Tag:medicaid

  • 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.

  • 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…