MEDICAID MILLIONAIRES

While the newspapers banging the drum for Medicaid expansion aren’t talking about it, Medicaid expansion under ObamaCare includes a new Obama rule allowing the wealthy to tap into Medicaid by weakening estate recovery provisions. As reported by the Illinois News Network, “Millionaires now can safely enroll in Medicaid, thanks to an interpretation of the Affordable […]

Continue Reading

NEW STUDY CASTING DOUBT ON CCNC MEDICAID

A UNC study adds more doubt on the quality of care for Medicaid patients delivered under the current N. C. Department of Health and Human Services /Community Care of North Carolina model. The study says breast cancer survivors on Medicaid are less likely to receive endocrine therapy followup than other patients. Endocrine therapy can reduce […]

Continue Reading

FED SURVEY SHOWS NORTH CAROLINA ECONOMY GROWING

The new analysis of state economic growth from the Philadelphia Federal Reserve puts North Carolina among the top 15 states for economic expansion. Four years ago, before a New Conservative Majority in the Legislature was elected to mop up the red ink in Raleigh, North Carolina ranked nearer the bottom. This economy will never boom […]

Continue Reading

MEDICAID PILL POPPERS

Amid the media’s campaign to browbeat the Governor into spending billions to put able bodied, working age adults who don’t work on Medicaid, we don’t hear much about where Medicaid spending already goes. So note this from an insurance publication. “According to news reporting originating in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, […]

Continue Reading

MEDICAID EXPANSION SHRINKS PRIVATE SECTOR

A new study by State Budget Solutions examines the relationship between the size of the private sector economy in a state relative to the government. Their theory is straightforward. While the private sector creates wealth, government mainly redistributes it. Here is a key finding. “When examining the lower 48 states, the analysis finds that, on […]

Continue Reading

NESSIE AND THE TOOTH FAIRY LIVE IN TENNESSEE

The Governor of Tennessee says he wants to expand Medicaid benefits to able bodied people who don’t work using ObamaCare. And he says it won’t cost the state anything. Sure. And the Loch Ness Monster and the tooth fairy live in Tennessee. According to the Wall Street Journal, ”Mr. Haslam said that under his plan, […]

Continue Reading

IT’S WORKING. SO KILL IT.

Recently, we explained how North Carolina had a successful Medicaid managed care program in Mecklenburg County back in the 1990s that saved money for taxpayers. Medicaid managed care allows private insurance companies and healthcare managers to compete for a chance to manage the government’s Medicaid program using a fixed price contract that shields taxpayers from […]

Continue Reading

MANAGED CARE MEDICAID USED TO WORK IN NORTH CAROLINA

The reform minded majority in the State Senate wants to bring Medicaid spending under control by allowing managed care companies and medical providers to compete against one another for Medicaid business. Reform opponents say that’s too much change. They side with the medical industry, the folks making money off the $14 billion Medicaid cookie jar, […]

Continue Reading