• John Locke Update

    What do NC DHHS and the Duke lacrosse case have in common?

    posted June 16, 2020 by Dr. Donald R. van der Vaart
    What do the Duke lacrosse players, former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, General Michael Flynn, and the Aetna insurance company have in common? Evidence that was damaging to the government’s case…
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    Cooper’s bad budget bets

    posted June 3, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    Gov. Roy Cooper is either the worst gambler around, or his first term has been a classic example of a hustle. He placed big, losing bets on his vetoes of…
  • John Locke Update

    Confusion on NC FAST workers and Medicaid spending

    posted March 5, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has a history of breaking budgets with lax controls over Medicaid spending. It took nearly three years under Gov. Pat McCrory…
  • John Locke Update

    Health Policy at the General Assembly: 2019 in Review

    posted January 15, 2020 by Jordan Roberts
    It was a tumultuous year for lawmakers in the General Assembly. Lasting well into October, this ‘long session’ was unusually long compared to years past. As will be the…
  • John Locke Update

    The Costs of Medicaid Expansion

    posted May 21, 2019 by Jordan Roberts
    Elected officials in North Carolina have debated Medicaid expansion for years. The question at hand is whether to accept a generous matching rate from the federal government to add roughly…
  • John Locke Update

    Evaluating N.C.’s Medicaid Expansion Proposals

    posted April 25, 2019 by Jordan Roberts
    During the 2019 legislative session, lawmakers have introduced three bills that would expand the state’s Medicaid program. Senate Bill 3 and House Bill 5, Democratic proposals with the support of…
  • John Locke Update

    Evaluating N.C.’s Proposed Small Business Health Care Act

    posted February 21, 2019 by Jordan Roberts
    The newly elected members of the North Carolina General Assembly have hit the ground running in the legislative session. As such, a significant piece of health care legislation was introduced…
  • John Locke Update

    The Case Against Medicaid Expansion

    posted January 24, 2019 by Jordan Roberts
    Expanding Medicaid is a temporary, albeit insufficient, fix for the problems of high costs in the health care system. As a state, we should reject a program that has long…
  • John Locke Update

    Managing Medicaid Through Managed Care

    posted October 17, 2018 by Jordan Roberts
    It’s nearly impossible to discuss the cost, access, or quality of the U.S. health care system without circling back to Medicaid – the joint federal and state program that provides health…

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