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  1. Jan
    21

    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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    Jan
    13

    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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    Jan
    06

    Why Medicaid Expansion Won't Create Jobs

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

    Medicaid expansion will likely be a significant issue in NC this year. Indeed, Gov. McCrory continues to indicate he is willing to expand if NC is first able to make "reforms" to the program. Many arguments have been made for and against Medicaid expansion in the Tar Heel State. One argument for expansion gaining momentum of […]

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    Dec
    08

    Medicaid Expansion: "Coverage Does Not Equal Access"

    Posted in Healthcare By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    This WRAL article discusses how people newly acquiring health insurance are having trouble finding a doctor. The reason is that there is already a shortage of primary care physicians, and these newly-insured people are finding it difficult to find doctors accepting new patients. According to the article: A survey this year by The Physicians Foundation […]

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    Nov
    25

    McCrory Should Listen to Voters on Medicaid Expansion

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

    A new article now up at nccivitas.org (after first being published by the Charlotte Observer) offers words of caution for Gov. Pat McCrory and his continued flirtation with Medicaid expansion.  Some highlights from the article: If he’s not careful, Gov. Pat McCrory may be on course to have a “Pence problem” in 2015. In the […]

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