We Need More Doctors. This Will Help.
Never say the Blue Devils and the Tar Heels can’t work together. The two universities have just announced the launch of a collaborative, first-of-its-kind program created by some pretty awesome medical and business school students. It’s called MedServe, and it’s geared toward seeding rural and underserved areas of North Carolina with sorely-needed new doctors.
To Expand, or Not to Expand: The Pros and Cons of Medicaid Expansion in NC
Medicaid expansion is a serious topic, and people are passionate about it. We hear a lot about it in the news, but do we fully understand what it means — or what each side of the expansion debate believes?
How Much Did NC Health and Human Services Get in 2016?
Good news for the health and human services sectors in NC: lawmakers exceeded their target $22.2 billion budget for our Department of Health and Human Services this year by about $116 million. One big winner? Medicaid, which reportedly clocked in under budget last year and is working with a surplus of funds.
Free Speech on Campus: NC State Weighs In
So this one’s a bit complicated, but follow us: Until a few weeks ago, NC State had a rule that required campus groups to apply for a permit before passing out flyers or other literature. In a precedent-setting move, they’ve just tossed it out...which means we may be looking at a free-speech reform on campuses across the state.
Student Loans Struggles in North Carolina
North Carolina college graduates are crushed under student loan debt. There’s just no other way to put it. According to the Institute for College Access and Success, 61% of our college grads carry debt...an average of $25,218 of it in 2014. That’s a 50% increase in just ten years. The burden takes its toll. Young adults are putting their lives on hold in order to pay, delaying marriage, kids, home purchases, and — perhaps worst of all — retirement savings. This reality can negatively impact the broader economy. Even so, they’re still struggling; 60% of borrowers in a recent survey had trouble paying their loans. Trouble paying puts them further behind. Plus, most of the loan payment is only paying down the interest.
Owner of the Dallas Mavericks Takes Aim at Drug Companies
The healthcare debates have a surprising new participant: Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and wildly successful businessman. The blunt billionaire businessman had this to say about drug companies and price gouging: “It's time to bring drug pricing under control. Empathy arbitrage can not be a pricing strategy.”