Tag:medicaid

  • Cooper still bets on Obamacare

    Most framers of Obamacare believe that a Medicare/Medicaid plan for all is and should be the ultimate destination for American health care. Does Roy Cooper agree?…

  • Managed-Care Group Calls for Medicaid Expansion

    The continuing calls to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act have a seemingly unlikely ally — Medicaid Health Plans of America, the trade association representing a number of top Medicaid managed care organizations. Some MHPA members likely will compete for contracts under the Medicaid reforms approved last year by…

  • McCrory Announces Limited Medicaid Expansion

    Gov. Pat McCrory announced Monday that he plans to expand the state’s Medicaid rolls in several limited areas as part of his Health and Human Services budget priorities, and will continue to seek broader expansion from the White House. McCrory outlined at least $6.6 million in new funding for Medicaid…

  • Audit Could Hasten Cost-Cutting Medicaid Reforms, Experts Say

    A national health policy analyst says a recent state audit showing the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services misspent $835 million on Medicaid could motivate legislators to accelerate cost-cutting reforms in the government’s program for the poor, elderly, and disabled. “The audit points to some important gaps in both…

  • Expert: School Choice One Option To Ease Fiscal Stress From Newcomers

    Baby boomers nationwide are reaching retirement age at the rate of 10,000 every day day. Meanwhile, they’re sending their grandchildren to school, creating a general tension on state budgets — one that could be alleviated in part by adopting wider school-choice initiatives. That’s the picture that Matthew Ladner, senior advisor…

  • Medicaid Reform Hearing Becomes Plea For Obamacare Expansion

    Nearly three dozen physicians, clinicians, university academics, parents, and assorted health association representatives attended a March 30 public hearing on Medicaid reform — the state’s first — and predictably, the most common topic of testimony was a plea to expand Medicaid under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Sandy Irving, representing…

  • Obamacare’s Sixth Anniversary Celebration Muted

    Six years ago today, amid glowing promises of cost-cutting and expanded health care for all, President Obama signed into law his signature Affordable Care Act. Since then, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the state’s largest provider of individual coverage on the federal health exchange, suffered $405 million…

  • Reduce Costs, Not Just Prices

    Rather than shift rising costs around by manipulating the prices apparent to consumers, today’s conservative reformers are interested in actually reducing those costs over time.