Survey of hold-out states indicates the Medicaid expansion debate has entered a new phase Across the states, the approach of an election year typically provides an excuse for policymakers to avoid taking on controversial and complex policy issues for fear of offending one side or the other....
The 19 states, including North Carolina, that continue to decline federal funding to offer Medicaid coverage to more uninsured residents are missing out on more than just improvements to their uninsured and uncompensated care rates. In fact, the ...Read more 0
Since January 1, 2014 North Carolina has declined to accept the “use it or lose it” funding available for Medicaid expansion from the federal government under the Affordable Care Act. In contrast, 28 states and the District of ...Read more Comments Off on How conservative states are expanding Medicaid
Why holdout governors are finally warming up to a central component of Obamacare [Editor’s note: over this past weekend, North Carolina DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos told the Winston-Salem Journal that she would “soon” recommend that North Carolina finally ...Read more Comments Off on Medicaid expansion nears the tipping point
North Carolina's Senator Richard Burr likes to criticize NC's Medicaid program now that expansion is a part of the Affordable Care Act. However, this health care "guru" gets wrong (willfully?) a very, very basic fact about NC Medicaid in his rush to criticize: NC does assign every recipient a primary care provider. The name and number is printed right on the back of the recipient's card. ...Read more Comments Off on Senator Burr should understand NC Medicaid before he criticizes it
Last week’s news that seven million Americans had signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act health exchanges was an important boost to (and validation of ) the health law. Now, on top of that impressive ...Read more Comments Off on More benefits of the Affordable Care Act that you probably didn’t know about
With the Affordable Care Act’s enrollment deadline now upon us; there are two overarching conclusions to be drawn about the health care reform law and its impact here in North Carolina. Conclusion Number One is that the law ...Read more Comments Off on Growing momentum of Affordable Care Act shines spotlight on NC’s failure to expand Medicaid
This week Charlotte mom Kimberly Tonyan came to the NC General Assembly to tell her success story of getting affordable health coverage for herself and her two daughters. Using the Affordable Care Act's www.healthcare.gov website she was able to purchase a great Blue Cross plan for herself and her daughters for around $25 a month. Get past the nasty political advertisements and the jeers of "Abominable Care Act" from so-called impartial experts and this is the reality. Real families getting good, affordable coverage. Sign-up deadline is March 31 - check out www.healthcare.gov or call 1-855-733-3711 for a local appointment with a nonprofit health navigator and get signed up! ...Read more Comments Off on NC mom Kimberly Tonyan: Got health coverage under the Affordable Care Act