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North Carolina has a hidden tax, and it's probably the most expensive one you've never heard of: It's called health insurance mandates
An old baseball coach once taught his players a formula: P + O = S; Preparation plus Opportunity equals Success. David and Pamela Leonard aren't baseball coaches, but they are using that same formula to help East Carolina University business students become successful.
As the 2016 general election unfolds in North Carolina, you should expect to hear a lot about how the state's economy has fared under Republican governance in Raleigh.
Beaufort County Community College (BCCC) will be holding its first Public Safety Weekend from March 4- March 6, 2016. Fire, EMS and law enforcement personnel can take advantage of the classes to fulfill their annual training requirements locally.
We've talked for decades about healthcare reform but the only significant attempt to change the skyrocketing costs of health insurance, escalating pharmaceutical costs and deepening dissatisfaction has been Obamacare.
Summary: Start talking to Seniors about Medicare before you retire. Trial and error experience is easier to absorb than reading information provided by government.
The Risk Management and Insurance program at East Carolina University ranks among the top 20 nationally, according to an annual review by Business Insurance
Unemployment insurance (UI) reform in North Carolina continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. The 2013 UI reform, made possible by the Republican-dominated General Assembly and Governor Pat McCrory, will enable $240 million in tax savings for state employers in 2016 alone, thanks to a...
As the Jan. 31 deadline to obtain a health insurance policy for 2016 on the federal health exchange looms, enrollment has grown slightly, but individuals signing up for Obamacare in 2016 should expect to pay premiums that are between 20 percent and 30 percent higher
North Carolina has never had a Republican insurance commissioner, but three candidates running in the GOP primary hope to change that - citing consumer welfare rather than their own ambitions as a reason for campaigning.
North Carolina's Democrat Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin publicly denounced Obamacare Tuesday, sharing his concerns over the law's harmful impact on the marketplace and North Carolina families. While Commissioner Goodwin joins the chorus of experts and officials voicing their opposition to...
State Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin is concerned that insurers "have left health insurance markets in droves due to the increased burdens" of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare
Obamacare's failing co-ops (consumer-operated and oriented health plans) simply reinforce the fact that government intervention in health care creates all sorts of problems.
Obamacare's third annual enrollment period for health insurance is officially underway
Medical providers will tell you that about 75 percent of health care can be provided in a primary care setting. Yet rising health insurance premiums and narrower networks are making it a burden for patients to access basic health care.
Obamacare's third annual enrollment period for health insurance is officially underway. Americans who do not have access to employer-sponsored health insurance, are self-employed, or have been dumped into the individual marketplace by their employers have the opportunity to sign up or renew their...
Gov. Pat McCrory on Thursday announced that the state's unemployment reserve fund has ballooned to $1 billion, meaning that businesses across North Carolina will see the surcharges on their state unemployment taxes drop in January, resulting in more than a half-billion dollars in tax relief
Governor Pat McCrory expanded insurance coverage for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by signing the Autism Health Insurance Coverage Act into law today at a ceremony in Charlotte.
In 2013, North Carolina's unemployment insurance (UI) program was in terrible shape. Like most states, North Carolina borrowed funds from the federal government to cover increased unemployment benefits during the great recession. The Tar Heel State owed Washington $2.75 billion. As a result, the sta
As part of his remarks while visiting the White House on his first day in the United States, Pope Francis made a strong plea on behalf of religious liberty, which he specifically directed at President Obama. This came shortly before he made an unscheduled visit with the Little Sisters of the Poor...
The 2015 long legislative session has proven to be just that: long. Many productive ideas have been discussed, among them whether we should take advantage of low interest rates and construction costs to borrow and address long-neglected needs; whether insurance companies or providers should...
I have never been a fan of the Fair Tax, a proposal to abolish the income tax and substitute a national sales tax. My opposition has nothing to do with the merits of a national sales tax as opposed to an income tax per se. Clearly, as an economist, I agree that the proper and most efficient tax...
Despite recent legislation easing some restrictions on the marketplace, North Carolina's rate-setting structure for car insurance is little more than a government price-fixing scheme that hits consumers in the wallet while protecting the profits of some insurance companies, a consumer advocate...
Governor Pat McCrory continued his sweeping reform of North Carolina's unemployment insurance program with the signing of Senate Bill 15 during a ceremony at the Gaston County JobLink facility in Gastonia
Governor Pat McCrory signed Senate Bill 665 into law today. The legislation requires insurance companies authorized to transact life insurance business in North Carolina to determine semi-annually if that insurer's records of in-force policies, annuities, and account owners cross-match with any...
If you do not think you are invested in the Stock Market, think again. If you have insurance, you are invested in the stock market.
Critics questioned whether a recent state audit attributing a 9 percent savings in Medicaid costs to the nonprofit Community Care of North Carolina was a useful guide to policymakers weighing reforms in the government health insurance program covering 1.4 million poor, elderly, and disabled North Ca
The tax foundation has just published a report analyzing the various excise taxes levied on beer in all 50 states. North Carolina comes in the 8th highest, levying a $.62 per gallon tax on those who enjoy having a couple of cold ones on a hot Saturday afternoon after mowing the lawn...
Last week the Gaston County commissioners voted unanimously to give themselves and future commissioners health insurance benefits for life at the taxpayers' expense after serving one term. Gaston County is already struggling to pay the cost of health insurance for its full-time employees...
All kinds of deals are made during the legislative session. Whether a distillery can sell unlimited amounts or only one bottle to people taking tours; whether vehicle registration fees should increase 50 percent or 30 percent or at all; whether solar subsidies should be cut off now or extended...
In just one month, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether health insurance subsidies issued under the Affordable Care Act should be distributed only to insurance companies in state-based exchanges.
Governor Pat McCrory announced today North Carolina has paid off the unemployment insurance debt owed to the federal government. That debt was as high as $2.8 billion and stood at $2.5 billion when Governor McCrory took office in January 2013.
It looks as if the recent U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in King v. Burwell transpired as expected. While all justices must follow the golden rule that a statute cannot be interpreted in isolation but instead must be read in full context, there were differing opinions as to whether Congress...
Lovers of socialized medicine are quick to point out that the United States is the only country in the developed world that doesn't have some form of universal, government-run, i.e., single-payer, health care system. While this may be true, the U.S. system of health care payment and delivery does...
Lovers of socialized medicine are quick to point out that the United States is the only country in the developed world that doesn't have some form of universal government run, i.e., single payer, health care system. While this may be true, the US system of health care payment and delivery does...
Obamacare's original second enrollment period to #GetCovered has just about come to a close. (It was supposed to end on Sunday, but the administration announced this week that they will be opening a new special enrollment period during tax season.) The Obama Administration has been chirping...
A new study by researchers at East Carolina University suggests that equivalent health insurance coverage may not level the disparities between African-American and Caucasian lung cancer patients when it comes to the stage at which they're diagnosed.
When Governor McCrory Was Elected: North Carolina had an unemployment rate of 8.8%, the 5th highest in the nation...
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