Professor Mark Hall quoted in Winston-Salem Journal story about health care act repeal

Photo of Wake Forest Law Professor Mark Hall in the Professional Library at the Worrell Professional Center

Professor Mark Hall

Professor Mark Hall , director of the law school’s Health Law and Policy Program is quoted in the following story, “Study: Health care act repeal will cut deep in 5th Congressional District,” written by Richard Craver and published in the Winston-Salem Journal on March 13, 2017.

An excerpt follows:

North Carolina is the largest state to have just one exchange insurer, in this instance Blue Cross Blue Shield of N.C., according to the Brookings Institution and the Rockefeller Institute of Government.

The N.C. element of a five-state study was researched by Mark Hall, a law professor at Wake Forest University who is a national expert on health care. The other states were California, Florida, Michigan and Texas.

North Carolina had the nation’s highest premium average, with Blue Cross raising its monthly premium 24 percent for 2017.

However, N.C. exchange participants are among the biggest beneficiaries of federal subsidies. About 82 percent of 2017 participants were estimated to pay less than $75 a month, and at least 90 percent were expected to qualify for a subsidy.

Hall previously issued a report in which he determined it made sense economically for North Carolina to expand its Medicaid program to more than 500,000 residents.

State GOP leaders have cited concerns about the dependability of the federal government to pay up to 95 percent of the administrative costs associated with expansion.