• John Locke Update

    Report Calls for Medical Licensure Reform in the Wake of COVID-19

    posted August 24, 2020 by Jordan Roberts
    COVID-19 revealed severe issues in the U.S. health care system, including the distribution of health care professionals and the restrictions we put on those professionals. The report calls for a massive overhaul of how states educate and credential health care professionals in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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    Insurance numbers underscore the need for state innovation

    posted August 11, 2020 by Jordan Roberts
    As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in the United States, millions lost their jobs due to government-mandated shutdowns and plummeting demand for certain goods and services.  Tragically, this massive job…
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    Characteristics of COVID-19 patients

    posted July 27, 2020 by Jordan Roberts
    One of the most challenging aspects of the response to COVID-19 is the lack of information known about the virus before it started to spread throughout the world. How is…
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    The importance of primary care

    posted June 8, 2020 by Jordan Roberts
    Elected officials who work on health care reform tend to focus on coverage, that is, whether an individual has the necessary health insurance coverage to pay for the services one…
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    COVID-19 and racial disparities: What the research says

    posted May 11, 2020 by Dr. Donald R. van der Vaart
    As the country continues to focus on COVID-19, there seems to be more information that is revealed every day. Some of it is contradictory, and some of it is difficult…
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    Lawmakers need to resist expanding Medicaid  

    posted April 28, 2020 by Jordan Roberts
    As we approach the end of the Gov. Cooper’s month-long stay-at-home order, state lawmakers have begun to debate possible solutions for responding to the coronavirus. Naturally, much of the discussion…
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    The two fronts of health care reform

    posted February 11, 2020 by Jordan Roberts
    As a health policy analyst, I often get asked, “When and how are we going to fix the health care system?” The answer to that question is complicated for two…
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    Medicaid expansion and public choice

    posted February 6, 2020 by Jordan Roberts
    The prospect of expanding Medicaid in North Carolina was back in the news recently due to the General Assembly’s return to Raleigh and a newly agreed-upon deal between legislators…
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    Employer Health Care Plans and Reference-Based Pricing

    posted January 21, 2020 by Jordan Roberts
    The cost of employer health care is an important topic in the broader health care debate.  Unlike other countries, about half of our citizens get their health insurance through…

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