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The business case for Medicaid expansion in NC

Andrew Brod, senior research fellow in UNC Greensboro’s Center for Business and Economic Research, has a great column in the Charlotte Business Journal this week making the strong business case for why NC should accept the billions of federal dollars now available to expand Medicaid. ┬áHis reasons are wide ranging from more jobs to avoidance of business tax penalties and even lower rates of personal bankruptcies. Reasons like these are why many conservative states are now moving to close the Medicaid coverage gap – let’s hope NC can be as smart. Read Brod courtesy of the Charlotte Business Journal:

 

One Comment

  1. Alex

    April 11, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    In my opinion, these numbers are way overstated by Mr. Brod and way too optimistic. Most primary physicians will not even see Medicaid patients because of the low reimbursement rates. A large majority of Medicaid spending is for long term care which the younger population would not impact. There is already surplus capacity in most healthcare facilities which could easily handle the new activity without adding additional staff. Any increase in inpatient admissions would be no more than currently exists largely through the emergency rooms. Add to this the fact that we as a nation have no money to fund this activity, and it becomes marginal at best.