BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD NORTH DAKOTA North Dakota to expand Medicaid coverage
By Ryan Schuster
Earlier this month North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed legislation allowing the state to expand Medicaid coverage to an estimated 20,000 North Dakotans who dont currently qualify... Posted on 4/29/13 at 9:41 AM
NEW PLATEAUS On Freedom, China, and ObamaCare
Happy Fourth of July! Here are some thoughts about freedom.
My friend, Susan, attends a very liberal liberal-arts college. It offers no majors or class requirements. The intention is to remove all r... Posted on 7/4/12 at 9:22 AM
STAFF BLOG THE N.D. CAPITOL AND BEYOND Health care website launched
News release today from the White House:
Last week, we launched a first-of-its-kind website that makes it easier to find health care coverage and clearly explains how new rules like the P... Posted on 7/6/10 at 6:33 AM
The current administration front-loaded the popular provisions, such as keeping children on their parents’ plan until age 26 and prohibiting insurance companies from denying insurance for pre-existing conditions.
Then the administration left the harder parts — the mandate, the Independent Payment Advisory Board and the powers of the IRS — until 2014.
Medicaid provides a crucial health care safety net for those rural residents most in need. And the expansion of Medicaid would bring in hundreds of millions from the federal government by 2020, potentially paying for the creation of thousands of ongoing North Dakota jobs.
Though far from perfect, the Affordable Care Act begins to address the inequities of access that cost all of us dearly, including covering pre-existing conditions, young adults, and preventive care for women.
It was the Republicans who made child abuse a partisan issue during the 2011 regular session; and it was they who, if not making the problem worse, did not help where help was needed and where children’s lives were at stake.
The Ryan/Romney/Berg plan also lets insurance companies once again discriminate due to pre-existing conditions, set yearly and lifetime caps on benefits and reinstate the donut hole.
The plan also guts Medicaid, which many seniors need to help pay for nursing home costs.
The Minnesota House minority leader declared that the U.S. Supreme Court settled “once and for all” the federal health-care law dispute. The state’s senior U.S. senator said the court put “the law above politics.” Yes and no. It is a complex issue, and one that is far from over, especially in the political arena.
Bernie Dardis, who heads Indigo Signworks, was surprised by Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold the core of the sweeping health reform law. Now, as the executive responsible for providing health coverage for 120 employees, Dardis must figure out how to deal with the law, with many big provisions slated to take effect in 2014.
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