Families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, and the care providers they hire, are sweating over proposed cuts to state Medicaid payments for elder care. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is looking for a $2.40 an hour decrease in what it pays for in-home and in-facility care. The new rate would be $13.12 an hour per person.
“There’s not going to be an easy answer and a painless answer,” Blust said. “And it is just chewing up the budget.”
The problem is, you would rather inflict real pain on those who are virtually helpless, instead of inflicting imaginary pain on the wealthiest of individuals in our state. Here's some scientific reality for you, Einstein: just as improvements in battlefield trauma treatment have created many more crippled (yet living) soldiers than we had from previous wars, medical breakthroughs that have extended the average lifespan of people have created a growing group of those who succumb to Alzheimer's and other brain-related diseases. And cutting the income of caregivers will only result in unnecessary suffering, and likely injuries that could/should have been prevented, which will eat up those labor-saving dollars. Don't do it.
Rucho said the taxpayer-funded trip includes Republicans and Democrats. The North Carolina delegation is expected to depart North Carolina at 1 p.m. Wednesday and attend meetings at the Downtown Marriot in Little Rock. The group will visit the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality on Thursday and then travel Friday to Southwestern Energy’s operations in Conway.
Their host company is being sued for contaminating people's water in Pennsylvania. That company, of course, advised NC's fracking commission.
Phil Berger will announce his bid for Congress on Wednesday and it’s clear he wants to wear Phil Berger’s mantle.
The one announcing his campaign is Phil Berger Jr., the son of Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger. But the campaign signs and logos don’t include the suffix. (It was enough to confuse Raleigh’s WNCN-TV, which featured a picture of the elder Berger with a story about the younger Berger’s bid.)
Nice to start with name recognition. Of course, the favorability rating goes with it, and at the moment, that's not an asset.
Tea Party Republicans in Raleigh talk a mean game when it comes to fiscal austerity, but all that talk doesn't apply to friends and cronies. In an excellent story in the News and Observer today, John Frank follows one track of today's GOP gravy train. In this case, it's all about legal fees. Having raked in more than $2 million to draft legislation and defend the laws in court, the GOP's go-to law firm, Ogletree Deakins, is poised to earn millions more.
RALEIGH — Days before House Republican leaders announced plans to introduce a controversial voter ID bill, they hired a lawyer. Now the same outside law firm that was paid $55,591 to help draft the bill is poised to make hundreds of thousands of dollars more defending the law in court.
"The decision not to take Medicaid has been the most perplexing decision of all and it's a clear example of putting politics over policy," Cooper told reporters meeting at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He said he can only gather that Republicans decided against it because the expansion was contained in the 2010 health care overhaul law sought by President Barack Obama.
Meal plans and event tickets sold on North Carolina university campuses were formerly exempt from the state’s 6.75 percent sales tax, but the N.C. General Assembly repealed that exemption over the summer. The change takes effect Jan. 1.
“To give you an example with real numbers, (consider) the Value 14 — currently that plan is $1,725, so it’s going to go up to $1,854. It’s about a $129 increase,” said Mike Freeman, director of auxiliary services. “But it’s not money we get. It’s going straight to the Department of Revenue.”
And that money going straight to the Department of Revenue is coming (mostly) from North Carolina's shrinking middle-class, who Republicans have abandoned. Actually, they never cared for the middle-class in the first place, so "abandoned" may be an inappropriate term. "Screwed again" is much closer to the truth.
The law allows private waterworks to adjust rates several times a year through a streamlined review to pay for water and sewer upgrades. It governs all private water utilities in North Carolina, potentially affecting more than 170,000 customers statewide.
Aqua, which provides water and sewer service to more than 400 subdivisions in Wake County, already charges about twice as much as Raleigh, Durham, Cary and other municipal water agencies. The company is in the process of seeking a 19 percent rate hike, its third increase in North Carolina in the past five years.
Which should be used as a case study against the Republican "private sector more efficient than public sector" meme. It also demonstrates the GOP is not remotely interested in serving the public, and since they're riddled with conflicts of interest, we can't expect the NCUC to help:
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