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In the U.S., health care costs are rising faster than inflation. This means that every year, more and more of our income is going toward medical expenses, leaving less money to invest in our families, our businesses and our communities. The Cost of Health tells the stories of real people struggling to find solutions to keep their businesses and their families afloat, and discusses possible solutions with the most innovative thinkers in the health care industry today.

Cost of Health Coalition for Fiscal Health

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In the U.S., health care costs are rising faster than inflation. This means that every year, more and more of our income is going toward medical expenses, leaving less money to invest in our families, our businesses and our communities. The Cost of Health tells the stories of real people struggling to find solutions to keep their businesses and their families afloat, and discusses possible solutions with the most innovative thinkers in the health care industry today.

    Senator Krawiec explains how CON laws drive up your health care costs

    Senator Krawiec explains how CON laws drive up your health care costs

    When asked who might be against the removal of outdated and restrictive Certificate of Need (CON) laws, Senator Joyce Krawiec lets out a laugh. It’s not a nervous laugh, but one that’s hearty and genuine. More than anything, it’s a gesture of astonishment and bewilderment. So, just who would be against ridding the state of guidelines that limit new healthcare providers from entering the market?
    “The folks who already are in the market don’t want competition,” Krawiec says. “They just don’t want competition.”

    Follow the coalition and Michael on Twitter @fiscalhealthnc and michaelck and Facebook

    And be sure to join the coalition to help fight for lower health care costs

    The North Carolina Coalition for Fiscal Health is a 501(c)(4) corporation, organized as a nonpartisan group focused on economic issues and the rising cost of healthcare in North Carolina. We’re here to talk about improving the fiscal health of all North Carolinians.

    • 19 min
    HHS Secretary Mandy Cohen on Medicaid Work Requirements, Tobacco and more

    HHS Secretary Mandy Cohen on Medicaid Work Requirements, Tobacco and more

    In the latest edition of the NC Coalition for Fiscal Health’s podcast, “The Cost of Health,” you’ll hear the second part of our talk with Cohen as she walks us through her vision for Medicaid expansion and creating a healthier North Carolina.
    You might remember from part one that a big goal of Medicaid expansion is filling what’s called the “coverage gap,” or the group of people who make too much money to qualify under current Medicaid standards, but not enough to be eligible for a subsidy under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

    Discussed in this episode: NCCARE360

    Follow the coalition and Michael on Twitter @fiscalhealthnc and michaelck and Facebook

    And be sure to join the coalition to help fight for lower health care costs

    The North Carolina Coalition for Fiscal Health is a 501(c)(4) corporation, organized as a nonpartisan group focused on economic issues and the rising cost of healthcare in North Carolina. We’re here to talk about improving the fiscal health of all North Carolinians.

    • 17 min
    HHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, Talks Health Access Expansion

    HHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, Talks Health Access Expansion

    Since Medicaid is insurance that’s intended for people with lower incomes, it sometimes carries a negative reputation or association. Despite the stigma, Cohen cautions that the majority of its members are either children (1.2 million in North Carolina), those with disabilities, or seniors.
    But then there are the people like our farmer or those who fall into what’s called the “coverage gap.” This is when someone makes too much money to be eligible for Medicaid, but not enough to qualify for a subsidy under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

    Follow the coalition and Michael on Twitter @fiscalhealthnc and michaelck and Facebook

    And be sure to join the coalition to help fight for lower health care costs

    The North Carolina Coalition for Fiscal Health is a 501(c)(4) corporation, organized as a nonpartisan group focused on economic issues and the rising cost of healthcare in North Carolina. We’re here to talk about improving the fiscal health of all North Carolinians.

    • 21 min
    Senator Hise - A Solution to Surprise Hospital Bills

    Senator Hise - A Solution to Surprise Hospital Bills

    Surprise bills are hugely damaging to families and drive up the costs of our insurance premiums, which is why I was so excited yesterday when senate bill 386 was introduced.  This bill will mitigate the impact of surprise bills by setting reasonable limits on what out of network providers can charge patients.  Last week, before the bill was introduced, I sat down with Senator Hise, one of the bills sponsors, to discuss the issue of surprise bills. 

    Follow the coalition and Michael on Twitter @fiscalhealthnc and michaelck and Facebook

    And be sure to join the coalition to help fight for lower health care costs

    The North Carolina Coalition for Fiscal Health is a 501(c)(4) corporation, organized as a nonpartisan group focused on economic issues and the rising cost of healthcare in North Carolina. We’re here to talk about improving the fiscal health of all North Carolinians.

    • 19 min
    Want Lower Premiums? Meet Reference Based Reimbursement

    Want Lower Premiums? Meet Reference Based Reimbursement

    Open enrollment for 2019 health insurance plans start on November 1 and last through December 15. Healthcare plans are always changing. We wanted to talk to someone who knows exactly what has happened in 2018 and what can be expected for the upcoming year. On this episode of “The Cost of Health,” WNC Health Insurance owner Josh Williams chats about new plans, reimbursements, and reference-based pricing health plans.

    Josh Williams' Western North Carolina Health Insurance

    Follow the coalition and Michael on Twitter @fiscalhealthnc and michaelck and Facebook

    And be sure to join the coalition to help fight for lower health care costs

    The North Carolina Coalition for Fiscal Health is a 501(c)(4) corporation, organized as a nonpartisan group focused on economic issues and the rising cost of healthcare in North Carolina. We’re here to talk about improving the fiscal health of all North Carolinians.

    • 17 min
    Dr. Conway, CEO of Blue Cross NC on rising health care costs

    Dr. Conway, CEO of Blue Cross NC on rising health care costs

    It’s no secret that healthcare costs in North Carolina and across the country are on the rise. But what can be done to lower healthcare costs? On this week’s episode of “The Cost of Health,” we get an insider look on the real ways to keep costs down. We chat with Dr. Patrick Conway, President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC), for his take on what’s driving the spike and how it can be combatted.

    Patrick Conway's executive profile on bluecrossnc.com

    Patrick Conway on Twitter @PatrickConwayMD

    Follow the coalition and Michael on Twitter @fiscalhealthnc and michaelck and Facebook

    And be sure to join the coalition to help fight for lower health care costs

    The North Carolina Coalition for Fiscal Health is a 501(c)(4) corporation, organized as a nonpartisan group focused on economic issues and the rising cost of healthcare in North Carolina. We’re here to talk about improving the fiscal health of all North Carolinians.

    • 18 min

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Required Listening For Those Who Want To Understand American Healthcare

I follow politics and policy pretty regularly, and I like to think I'm up to date on most issues. But when it comes to healthcare, I've quickly discovered there's a LOT I don't know. This podcast does a great job of catching you up to the realities so many people are confronting when it comes to managing the cost of thir own healthcare. North Carolina is a particularly crazy state when it comes to health insurance, and this podcast allows real life people to narrate their own stories, engaging the listener and informing them in a very compelling way.

I've already learned a lot by listening. And the episodes are short and pithy, which is great for people juggling multiple podcast subscriptions. Well worth it!

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