• 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…

  • Horn: Audit gives additional reason not to expand Medicaid

    A senior state lawmaker who heads a committee overseeing the state Medicaid program says a newly released audit outlining systemic management mistakes gives an additional reason to oppose Gov. Roy Cooper’s proposal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. State Rep. Craig Horn, R-Union, co-chairs a…

  • Cooper makes a colossal blunder

    By claiming unilateral authority to expand Medicaid, Gov. Cooper destroyed the political narrative he and his progressive enablers in the media had created after the 2016 election.

  • Oversight group says Medicaid program detects waste poorly

    The state’s Medicaid program is not detecting or preventing waste, fraud, and abuse due to lack of staff, bureaucratic cooperation, and proper documentation, and the Medicaid Program Integrity Section is paying outside contractors much more to root out those problems than they return in savings, a state Program Evaluation Division…