• John Locke Update

    North Carolina: No Excess Deaths From Covid Since Mid-March

    posted July 29, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    Data from the CDC and state DHHS show that North Carolina has not been suffering excess deaths from Covid-19 since mid-March 2021. While Covid-19 is still out there, its effect on North Carolina is no longer causing a statistical anomaly in terms of deaths, meaning it is behaving more and more like an endemic virus, such as a flu, not a pandemic. If North Carolina is no longer witnessing excess deaths owing to Covid-19, then why does Gov. Cooper still keep the state in the minority of U.S. states still under a "State of Emergency"?
  • John Locke Update

    Cooper’s reckless budget, Part 2: A closer look at appropriations

    posted April 13, 2021 by Joseph Coletti
    The largest increase in Cooper's proposed state appropriations would be for employee salaries and benefits. Cooper's proposal does not provide price tags for Leandro or Medicaid expansion. Cooper would also eliminate successful and popular Opportunity Scholarships.
  • John Locke Update

    New audit finds a disturbing lack of oversight in Medicaid program

    posted February 23, 2021 by Brian Balfour
    The lack of oversight created “an increased risk that providers whose actions posed a threat to patient safety” continued to practice, and the audit also identified nearly $120 million in reimbursements to providers who potentially should not have been enrolled in the program.
  • John Locke Update

    NC’s stranglehold on access to medical care should end

    posted February 23, 2021 by Brian Balfour
    North Carolina's archaic certificate-of-need laws leave the state with significant deficits in psychiatric hospitals and substance abuse facilities — and higher prices. North Carolina should join the 15 other states that eliminated certificate-of-need laws.
  • Research Report

    Certificate of Need in North Carolina

    posted January 25, 2021 by Dr. James Bailey
    Executive Summary North Carolina is one of 35 states with a Certificate of Need (CON) program, a law requiring health providers to obtain the permission of a state board…
  • John Locke Update

    Why We Need the NC Threat-Free Index

    posted November 5, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    For many weeks I have been producing contextualized looks at North Carolina’s COVID-19 numbers. Recently, I’ve started calling it the “NC Threat-Free Index.” Here’s why. Round-the-clock virus coverage in…
  • John Locke Update

    The Fog of Covid-19 Data: Hospitalizations and Deaths

    posted October 12, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    Last week I looked at how North Carolina uses a test cycle threshold that is several cycles past what the scientific consensus calls for, what virologists advise, and what the…

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