Civitas Review

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    Sep
    18

    Legislators Reach Deal on Medicaid Reform; Will Expansion Follow?

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

    As the state budget deal received final approval in the House and moves to the Governor's desk, another major issue is apparently being settle. Per WRAL   House Bill 372 will convert Medicaid from a fee-for-service program to a managed care model, in which insurers are paid a flat fee per patient they cover. The move […]

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    Aug
    21

    If CCNC Saves NC Medicaid So Much $$, Why is NC Medicaid So Expensive?

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

    In a report published this week by the Office of State Auditor, Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) was found to have saved the state's Medicaid program millions of dollars.     During a 10-year period between 2003 and 2012, Community Care of North Carolina, or CCNC, helped keep patients out of the hospital and saved […]

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    Aug
    11

    Senate Passes "Compromise" Bills Addressing Economic Incentives, Medicaid Reform

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

    Last night the Senate passed "compromise" bills on economic incentives and Medicaid reform. A press release from Senate President Pro Tem Berger's office sums up the bills: The compromise economic development plan: Answers the governor’s call for additional job recruitment dollars and moves to the middle of the original House and Senate proposals, by extending […]

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    Jul
    17

    How the Welfare State Creates Poverty Traps

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

    I've written in the past about how the Welfare State creates an incentive structure that encourages government dependence over additional work income. In short, it is often the case where a person on government assistance can make themselves worse off by accepting more hours or a better job because the value of the government benefits […]

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    Jul
    14

    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 OhioWatchdog.org: 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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