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A state legislative committee is looking into the situation in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services this morning, where embattled Secretary Aldona Wos continues to hang on and adhere to her controversial plan to privatize Medicaid, the state’s health insurance system for poor people.

Throughout her first year in office, Wos and her boss, Gov. McCrory, have repeatedly claimed that Medicaid is “broken” and that spending in the program is “out of control.” This new chart highlighted at today’s hearing, however, makes clear that Wos and McCrory may have some backtracking to do with respect to these claims (Note that the red line is the national trend and the blue is North Carolina’s. “PMPM” means “per member, per month.”):Medicaid spending

 

Alex Kotch(Cross-posted from the website Vocativ.com)

Obamacare is actually good. No, really

By Alex Kotch

I’m a low-income PhD student with a shaky health history and limited earning capacity. The Affordable Care Act should improve my quality of life. But will it?

This isn’t the answer you tend to hear on the news, but yeah, it will. Dramatically.

Here’s my background. I’m a 30-year-old, soon-to-be PhD graduate with an expected income in 2014, the first year of Obamacare, not much above the minimum wage. My $190-a-month student health plan runs out the day Obamacare starts. I’m a nonsmoker, but I have had some serious health issues in the past. In the eyes of health insurers, I’m hardly a solid bet. So Obamacare should, if it’s fit for purpose, help me out of a bind when I go to change my plan. Let’s see if that holds up. Read More

Lynn QuincyIn case you missed the excellent explanation of the Affordable Care Act by Lynn Quincy of Consumers Union at this morning’s NC Policy Watch Crucial Conversation breakfast in Raleigh, don’t fret — we’ll have a video of the event posted shortly. In the mean time, click here to view a PDF version of Lynn’s slides — which also include several helpful web links to sites maintained by the folks at Consumers Union/Consumer reports.

It’s going to be a full house, but we have a few seats remaining for tomorrow morning’s Crucial Conversation breakfast — “The Truth about the Affordable Care Act: What it really means for American health care consumers” with Lynn Quincy of Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports magazine. Here are the vitals:

When: Tuesday, December 10 at 8:00 a.m. — Coffee and breakfast will be available at 7:45 a.m.

Where: Center for Community Leadership Training Room at the Junior League of Raleigh Building, 711 Hillsborough St. (At the corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s streets)

Space is limited – pre-registration required.

Click here for parking info.

Click here to register

Questions?? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or rob@ncpolicywatch.com

Frustrated and confused by the clutter and right-wing propaganda flooding the mainstream news media regarding the Affordable Care Act? Then, be sure to attend next Tuesday morning’s Crucial Conversation breakfast with national health care policy expert Lynn Quincy of Consumers Union – publisher of Consumer Reports magazine: “The truth about the Affordable Care Act.”

When: Tuesday, December 10 at 8:00 a.m. — Coffee and breakfast will be available at 7:45 a.m.

Where: Center for Community Leadership Training Room at the Junior League of Raleigh Building, 711 Hillsborough St. (At the corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s streets)

Space is limited – pre-registration required.

Click here for parking info.

Click here to register

Questions?? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or rob@ncpolicywatch.com.