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    Lowering Energy Bills and Increasing Health Care Competition: 2 Good Bills

    Posted in Environment & Energy, Healthcare By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , ,

    Most of you are probably familiar with the Civitas Institute's Bad Bill of the Week series. Fortunately, this week also saw the focus turn to two good bills that would help lower utility bills and increase choice and competition in medical care. HB 681 would cap and repeal the state's mandate forcing utilities to generate […]

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    New Research: Medicaid Expansion Would Cost NC Nearly 94,000 Jobs

    Posted in Economics, Healthcare By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , ,

    One of the reasons used by advocates of Medicaid expansion in NC is that expansion will be an economic boost, creating tens of thousands of jobs. That claim, however, was based on a foundation of completely false assumptions – as I discussed last month in this article. But that's not all. Research, and common sense, tells us […]

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    McCrory Still Considering Medicaid Expansion

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Healthcare By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , ,

    Gov. McCrory remains open to NC expanding Medicaid, and continues to explore options for how to get it done, in spite of continued opposition from the legislature, and resounding opposition from voters. From the N&O Gov. Pat McCrory has said he is waiting to see how the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a challenge to […]

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    NC Blue Cross Price Transparency: Disrupting Healthcare?

    Posted in Healthcare By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    Forbes takes a look at the new pricing tool provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina. So what and where is this pricing tool? It was unveiled with relatively little fanfare last week by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. Why is this disruptive? Because it’s an online tool that the general public […]

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    Medicaid Coverage Does Not Equal Access to Care

    Posted in Economics, Healthcare By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , ,

    Last week I posted an article discussing the shortage of doctors treating Medicaid patients in NC and how that would undermine claims that expanding Medicaid would create jobs. Medicaid rolls in North Carolina have ballooned from about 1 million in 2003 to roughly 1.7 million today. Adding another 500,000 would push the program over 2 […]

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