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Old 10-23-2013, 06:57 AM
 
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Gov. Pat McCrory told a conservative policy group in Washington he may be forced to expand Medicaid in North Carolina.
McCrory made the comment in a speech to the Heritage Foundation. A spokesman for the governor said he was referring to changes in Medicaid's "presumptive eligibility" rules which will give hospitals more leeway to include patients in Medicaid-eligible categories.

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Gov. McCrory tells Washington group NC may be forced to expand Medicaid
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:39 AM
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...he may be forced to expand Medicaid in North Carolina.
Not as good as volunteering for the benefit of his citizens...
but I'll take it.
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:17 AM
 
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This will be McCrory's cop out when he finally decides that the state should expand Medicaid coverage. I hope sanity wins out against our current crop of conservative ideologues running the state.
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Old 10-23-2013, 06:51 PM
 
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This will be McCrory's cop out when he finally decides that the state should expand Medicaid coverage. I hope sanity wins out against our current crop of conservative ideologues running the state.
What do you think of the 10th Amendment?
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Old 10-23-2013, 06:53 PM
 
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I bet McCrorys doctor and hospital executive friends are bending his ear on this issue!
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:16 PM
 
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I bet McCrorys doctor and hospital executive friends are bending his ear on this issue!
Well, that's a vague post. It seems to imply that doctors are hoping to have the flood gates opened to the gold rush that is medicaid payments.
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Old 10-24-2013, 05:27 AM
 
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I'm not surprised at all. I was actually a little shocked by the original decision not to expand, given the size of the medical lobby in NC. Doctors and hospitals are going to lose big time without the Medicaid expansion. Hospitals and clinics used to receive federal subsidies to offset the cost of care for uninsured. Those subsidies are going to end next year, and the money is being rerouted to pay for the Medicaid expansion, under the assumption that everyone will now have insurance of some type. In states that do not expand Medicaid, there is going to still be a sizable number of people without insurance because they were supposed to be covered by the expansion, so they don't qualify for the exchange. Hospitals are still legally obligated to provide a certain level of care for people without insurance, but they won't get those federal subsidies anymore.
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Old 10-24-2013, 06:00 AM
 
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The decision NOT to expand was an attempt by small town teabaggers to spite Obama. But the Feds don't blink an eye.

They knew the only people getting screwed were North Carolinians.
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Old 10-24-2013, 06:07 AM
 
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What do you think of the 10th Amendment?
I think it is great. It's also worth noting that no one forced NC to join Medicaid. The federal government won't force NC to expand Medicaid. This will be McCrory's excuse for changing his mind on expanding Medicaid. It's only a face saving move.
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Old 10-24-2013, 01:42 PM
 
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I think it is great. It's also worth noting that no one forced NC to join Medicaid. The federal government won't force NC to expand Medicaid. This will be McCrory's excuse for changing his mind on expanding Medicaid. It's only a face saving move.
I'm just trying to understand the technicals but that usually is left out of politics in this forum. Seeing pushers on TV talking about how this money is "free" and then hearing about doctors and hospitals wanting more of it. The latter may be true I just know my doctor cut off taking new patients with Medicare so I assumed Medicaid would be in a worse position.

Or are these churn mills like the dental clinics that came up with all kinds of assembly line procedures? I just don't picture the average MD or hospital being excited about that prospect but looks like I need to read more.
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