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With budget negotiations still underway and a third Continuing Resolution that extends funding for essential services until September 18th, it is vital to keep focus on the importance of what the House conferees are advocating for in Raleigh.
North Carolina lawmakers still cannot agree to a final budget. The Senate saw difficulty in compromise, so they decided to move their economic development and Medicaid reform plans out of the budget and into stand-alone bills. Unfortunately, even with this change, the two chambers were unable to...
If you thought North Carolina was alone when it came to tardy budgets, think again. North Carolina joined Alabama and New Hampshire in passing budgets late last week. Now there are only two states left in the country without budgets, Illinois and Pennsylvania.
After an 80-day extension costing taxpayers well over $1 million, the North Carolina House and Senate chambers have finally reached a tentative budget agreement with a price tag of roughly $22 billion - a fiscally conservative budget considering that spending increased by only 3.1 percent which...
The Senate on Tuesday rejected a last-minute amendment that would expand Medicaid eligibility, and with 34-10 bipartisan support passed a bill making sweeping changes to the government insurance program for the poor, elderly, and disabled.
After several major revisions, Medicaid reform that had delayed budget approvals during recent years passed the General Assembly on Tuesday. Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday signed the measure.
The FY 2015-16 North Carolina state budget has finally been finalized. Was it worth the wait? Rather than wading through 400 pages of text, you can read here about the ten most interesting and important aspects of the budget in this article.
In the series "Cut This, Go Home," several items that should have been eliminated from the budget were highlighted to facilitate the budget's passage and to enable legislators to go home sooner.
Governor Pat McCrory accomplished another major goal of his administration by signing into law major reform of North Carolina's Medicaid system.
The 2015 long legislative session has proven to be just that: long. Many productive ideas have been discussed, among them whether we should take advantage of low interest rates and construction costs to borrow and address long-neglected needs; whether insurance companies or providers should...
Critics questioned whether a recent state audit attributing a 9 percent savings in Medicaid costs to the nonprofit Community Care of North Carolina was a useful guide to policymakers weighing reforms in the government health insurance program covering 1.4 million poor, elderly, and disabled North Ca
With the House passing a $21.735 billion General Fund budget by an 81-33 vote early Friday morning, and Gov. Pat McCrory saying he would approve the spending plan, lawmakers will shift their focus to outstanding items such as a $2 billion bond package and Medicaid reform before adjourning.
The Senate on Tuesday rejected a last-minute amendment that would expand Medicaid eligibility, and with 34-10 bipartisan support passed a bill making sweeping changes to the government insurance program for the poor, elderly, and disabled.
The Senate on Monday night gave preliminary approval to House Bill 372, the Medicaid Transformation Act, by a 38-10 vote after a dispute over rules and decorum and a testy debate over whether this legislation would make expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act more likely.
The resignation of state Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos, announced Wednesday, could bring Medicaid reform, a goal of Senate legislative leaders, one step closer
The Department of Health and Human Services reported today that the North Carolina Medicaid program ended the 2014-15 state fiscal year with $130.7 million cash on hand. This is the second consecutive year the Medicaid program has finished with cash on hand.
On a steamy Tuesday afternoon in Raleigh, the NC House of Representatives voted 112-0 not to concur with the Senate's version of the 2015-2016 Budget (House Bill #97). Now, hard core negotiating begins.
Senate leaders' $21.63 billion General Fund budget proposal includes major policy initiatives related to Medicaid, removing responsibility for Medicaid from the state Department of Health and Human Services while creating a Cabinet-level Health Benefits Authority to administer the $14 billion govern
Replicating a cost-saving Illinois reform program could root out Medicaid fraud and abuse, but if not done properly, the state could be forced to repay the federal government for any misspent dollars, a key Senate Republican says.
Before North Carolina considers Medicaid expansion, it should ensure its existing rolls are not bloated with ineligible recipients, and create a verification system to prevent adding even more unqualified beneficiaries, a national health policy analyst warns.
Will North Carolina ever reform Medicaid? After more than two years, we aren't much closer to reform solutions today than we were a year ago.
Just when we were beginning to trust that North Carolina's Medicaid program was better managed and actually spending within its allocated budget we learned the program hasn't been paying doctors and hospitals what they are owed.
In December, 2014 the Federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final assessments of medical data for two of the programs within the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Recent media reports of declining revenue, lagging patient volume and reduced operating surplus have not slowed Vidant Health from plunging ahead with plans for numerous acquisitions, mergers and/or joint ventures, but to accomplish these goals Vidant needs an infusion of capital.
For those of us who follow state government, the budget is always a topic of conversation. Where will the money be spent? How much will be spent on the various agencies? Will there be a surplus or a deficit? The list goes on and on, but one question that doesn't come up very often is, how is...
The 2015 legislative session has commenced, which means that the House and Senate will be hashing out their differences about how best to reform our state's Medicaid program. The Senate favors a privatization approach, where multiple managed care companies (MCOs) compete for state contracts to...
Last Monday, the John Locke Foundation hosted a thoughtful health care forum where three expert panelists offered insight on the status of Kansas, Louisiana, and Florida's Medicaid reforms. Featured speakers included Kansas Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer, a pediatric plastic surgeon and leader of...
The prescription for improving North Carolina's Medicaid program has been a repetitive talking point for the past two years. The initial game plan back in April 2013 was for the state to contract with at least three private managed care organizations (MCOs) to take on full risk for managing...
If he's not careful, Gov. Pat McCrory may be on course to have a "Pence problem" in 2015. In the days immediately following the mid-term elections, Gov. Pat McCrory insisted that - in spite of his party maintaining strong supermajority status in both houses of the General Assembly...
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