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DHHS numbers don't add up
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DHHS numbers don't add up

This article originally appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer on January 12, 2003. By PAT STITH JEAN P. FISHER, Staff Writers Dave Mosley wasn't out to uncover anything when he began asking questions in May 2002 about payments made to hospitals for Medicaid, the state-run health insurance program for the poor. Having been hired recently by the state Department of Health and Human Services, Mosley, 34, said he was merely trying to educate himself. "I just couldn't get some of the numbers that I was looking at to make sense," he recalled.

01/12/2003
A Rush for the Doors in August
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A Rush for the Doors in August

This Week in Congress: The House has recessed for the month of August (see more on this below) and the Senate will join them after they finish a number of legislative measures this week.

07/30/2002
Into the Abyss: Will Senate Republicans Vote to Expand Medicare?
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Into the Abyss: Will Senate Republicans Vote to Expand Medicare?

In 1965, Congress and President Johnson decided that the hospital costs of elderly Americans would be socialized. Soon thereafter, routine doctor’s visits and other treatments were included under the Medicare umbrella in exchange for a monthly premium deducted from beneficiaries’ Social Security checks. With outpatient prescription drugs taking on a more fundamental role in health care due to an abundance of new drug breakthroughs and treatments, it may seem logical to expand Medicare’s portfolio to socialize these costs as well.

07/30/2002
Letter to Senate Regarding Prescription Drug Coverage
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Letter to Senate Regarding Prescription Drug Coverage

Dear Senator, I write on behalf of the nearly 300,000 members of Citizens for a Sound Economy to urge you to vote NO on any bill that provides a Medicare prescription drug benefit without fundamental restructuring of the entire Medicare system. While it may be tempting politically to add a prescription drug benefit to Medicare, such action would be unwise for two obvious reasons:

07/23/2002
Medicaid and the State Budget
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Medicaid and the State Budget

I don’t know about you, but when Legislators start thinking that they know more about health care issues than doctors, I get nervous. By the way, remember that the definition of health care to politicians is “someone else paying for it.”

07/10/2002
Medicaid and Prescription Drug Talking Points
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Medicaid and Prescription Drug Talking Points

North Carolina cannot solve its Medicaid crisis and close the state budget shortfall by limiting the price and availability of prescription drugs. Indeed, Medicaid spending has grown by over 85 percent over the past decade and now threatens to explode the budget of the state and its counties. However, to address this problem by limiting access to the most cost-effective medical therapy available, prescription drugs, is to miss the point entirely. North Carolina should work to reform Medicaid by eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse.

06/28/2002
Burying a Time Bomb in Red Tape
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Burying a Time Bomb in Red Tape

In an attempt to ignore out of control spending, North Carolina government officials plan to limit access to prescription drugs for Medicaid beneficiaries. Unfortunately, this strategy is doomed to fail. Not only will it fail to close the budget shortfall, but will also fail the state’s Medicaid beneficiaries by depriving them of the therapies and medical treatments they need.

06/24/2002
Active Ingredient: Politics
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Active Ingredient: Politics

No election year legislative session would be complete without the obligatory overture to senior voters through a proposed Medicare prescription drug benefit. Both Senate Democrats and House Republicans have fashioned plans to offer drug “insurance” for Medicare beneficiaries under the current Medicare system. The Republican bill would keep prescription drugs out of the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services’ (CMS, formerly HCFA) portfolio, but do little to address the inefficiency and exploding costs underlying the current Medicare system.

06/18/2002
Memo to Congressional Leaders
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Memo to Congressional Leaders

We can all read polls. Seniors want a prescription drug benefit as part of Medicare. And with Democrats planning to scare seniors with false and misleading attacks on Social Security, Republicans want to make sure they are on the “right side” of a core issue with seniors. But, polls aren’t everything. In fact, following the polls on a Medicare prescription drug benefit can get you into a deep political and policy bind. Republicans must keep in mind:

05/09/2002
Letter to Washington State Legislators
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Letter to Washington State Legislators

Dear Legislators, As you are well aware, an unexpected spike in the cost of medical care poses a direct threat to future state budgets. This year’s $1.2 billion budget shortfall could look paltry in comparison to future deficits if out-of-control health spending is not addressed. I write on behalf of nearly 300,000 members and supporters of Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation (CSE Foundation) to urge you to address Medicaid costs and balance the state budget through comprehensive reform, not piecemeal price caps and regulations.

03/07/2002

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