NCPA Media: NCPA in the News

  • Sep 11, 2005

    North Texas leaders: If I were president ... How they would handle Bush's post-Katrina image problem

    I asked local executives and academicians to offer leadership advice to President Bush.

    The responses arrived before Friday's news that FEMA director Michael Brown had gone back to Washington and that Vice Adm. Thad W. Allen had taken over in New Orleans. Here are some of their replies.


  • Aug 29, 2005

    High-Deductible Health Plans Loom; Experts See Positives; Insurance plans tied to HSA accounts may aid fight to cut health costs

    HSAs were introduced 1 1/2 years ago. Account holders contribute a portion of their income tax-free. This year the maximum is $2,650. Withdrawals are used for eligible medical expenses. Money in the accounts can be invested in stocks, bonds or mutual funds and grows tax-free.


  • Aug 28, 2005

    Salary rankings watched closely by districts

    According to one study by a Dallas-based think tank, when the cost of living is factored in, teachers in Fort Worth and the surrounding suburban school districts are among the highest-paid in the nation.


  • Aug 21, 2005

    Cold reality ahead for future retirees

    Steve Vaughn would like to say he'll be able to retire one day and collect his gold watch and a few pats on the back for a job well done.
    Just one problem: He's pretty sure it will never happen.


  • Aug 17, 2005

    South Carolina: Proposes Creating Personal Medicaid Accounts

    The AP/Las Vegas Sun on Monday examined South Carolina's proposal to establish personal health accounts for most of the state's 850,000 Medicaid beneficiaries to help encourage them to be more conscious of health care spending. The accounts would be used to purchase private health insurance or pay for care directly, with the amount of money allocated to each account determined by the beneficiary's age, sex and physical condition.


  • Aug 16, 2005

    S.C. Proposing to Redefine Medicaid

    On the left, they're calling it radical. On the right, the buzzword is bold. Either way, South Carolina is proposing major changes in Medicaid, the giant federal-state health insurance program for the poor and disabled.


  • Aug 13, 2005

    Balancing Act

    In order to provide medical assistance to more poor people, Tennessee had put all of its Medicaid beneficiaries into HMOs, a strategy that kept costs down for a
    while.


  • Aug 02, 2005

    Climate Studies Cannot Be Free From Oversight

    Scientific progress depends on the free flow of ideas and data, which let researchers independently confirm, refute or improve the findings of a specific course of inquiry. And policymakers often rely on scientific research, much of which is funded by federal and state governments, in making policy decisions. Thus, transparency of scientific data and methods is critical as faulty research can result in bad policy.