Civitas Review

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    CON Exemption for Bellhaven Hospital Moves to House: Why Is This Necessary?

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

    A bill that would exempt "legacy" medical care facilities from acquiring a Certificate of Need to operate has cleared the Senate and is heading to the House. An amendment to clarify the definition is credited with exempting the hospital in Belhaven.    Some additional background via the Statesville News & Record Health care company Vidant […]

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    Ohio Medicaid Expansion Costs Skyrocket 60% Above Projections

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

    As Gov. McCrory continues to leave the door open to possible Medicaid expansion – albeit thru a "North Carolina plan", not a "Washington plan" – state leaders can learn from the state of Ohio's Medicaid expansion. As reported at Expanding Medicaid to working-age Ohioans with no kids and no disabilities was supposed to cost $2.56 billion in its […]

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    Senate Budget Plan Would Repeal CON Laws

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Civitas Review, 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 Civitas Review, 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, Civitas Review, 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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