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  1. Jun

    Senate Budget Plan Would Repeal CON Laws

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

    Among several differences between the House and Senate budget proposals is the Senate's inclusion of an elimination of North Carolina's Certificate of Need (CON) laws. Matt Caulder at Capitol Connection has a nice summary of the story here. CON laws, which have been in place since 1978, require health care facilities to obtain certificates recognizing […]

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    "Affordable" Care: Blue Cross of NC Requests 26 Percent Rate Hike on Obamacare Plans

    Posted in Healthcare By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , ,

    From the Triangle Business Journal: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina requested a 25.7 percent increase to premium rates it charges customers who buy Affordable Care Act health insurance plans from Blue Cross. …. These rate filings apply only to ACA plans, meaning those purchased largely through the federally facilitated marketplace. It is not […]

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    One More Time: Medicaid Coverage Does Not Equal Access to Care

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

    The Asheville Citizen-Times reports on a study from the RAND Corporation showing that emergency room visits are on the rise: Visits to hospital emergency rooms are on the rise in the Carolinas and around the country, with experts pointing to the physician shortage and Obamacare as possible reasons.   One in five Americans goes to […]

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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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