BREAKING: Affordable Healthcare Scorecard Alert - Costly Rx Mandate Introduced
A North Carolina General Assembly (HB93) proposal would create a costly new prescription drug mandate that pads the pockets of drug manufacturers, adds millions of dollars of unnecessary expenses to the healthcare system, and puts politicians between doctors and their patients. The Coalition is OPPOSED to this legislation. Actions related to this bill will be factored into a member’s Affordable Healthcare Grade at the close of the legislative session.
The Truth About EPOs: A More Affordable Healthcare Option
In North Carolina right now, there is a high-quality, more affordable health insurance option available to big corporations who pay their own insurance claims, but not to individuals or small businesses who can’t self-fund.
Telehealth is Here to Stay…So What Should That Look Like?
One silver lining that’s come from the COVID-19 pandemic is the meteoric rise of telehealth usage.
For It Before They Were Against It: Surprise Billing & the Big Doctor Lobby
It was tough for Charlie Brown to trust Lucy or take her seriously when she kept moving the football.
NC Coalition for Fiscal Health Announces "Affordable Healthcare Scorecard" for 2021-2022 General Assembly
Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina Coalition for Fiscal Health (Coalition) announced today it will grade legislators on their commitment to healthcare affordability during the General Assembly’s 2021-2022 legislative sessions. The coalition will score actions on bills that impact healthcare costs. When bills that effect healthcare affordability are filed, amended, or voted on, the Coalition will notify legislators and coalition members that the legislation could be scored. Issues (among others) likely to be part of the Affordable Healthcare Scorecard include: Drug price mandates Surprise billing Increased Competition through Certificate of Need reform Telehealth access and affordability Expanded insurance options for individuals and small businesses “Whether it’s insurance premiums, medical bills or prescription costs, healthcare affordability is one of the biggest issues facing North Carolina families,” said Coalition Executive Director Austin Vevurka. “There are meaningful, specific and, in some cases, overdue steps our General Assembly can take to reduce healthcare costs. This scorecard will help North Carolinians understand who their healthcare affordability champions are in the legislature.” Scoring will be based on many factors, including: Votes on the floor and in committee Bill sponsorships & co-sponsorships A member’s work and effort throughout the legislative session to support or oppose efforts to lower health care costs. At the close of the legislative session, each of these factors will be weighed and members will be assigned a grade that may range from A+ to F. The grades will be released in an “Affordable Healthcare Scorecard” to all legislators, staff, and Coalition members. The North Carolina Coalition for Fiscal Health is a non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization committed to supporting policies and efforts that will lower healthcare costs for families and business in North Carolina.
Payers and Providers Teaming Up to Offer Lower Costs Health Plans but Small Business, Individuals Being Left Out in the Cold
At the beginning of the year, a new lower-cost health insurance product hit the market in Charlotte and the Triad.