Edwin Shoaf

Letter to the Editor: Report shows benefits of Medicaid expansion

James R. Foster, M.D., wrote the following Letter to the Editor that was published here in the Greensboro News and Record on Feb. 14:

A recent analysis of the costs of expanding Medicaid in North Carolina by researchers at the Health Law and Policy Program at Wake Forest University is essential reading for everyone with an interest in Medicaid and health care in North Carolina. Continue reading »

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Professor Mark Hall quoted in Hendersonville Times-News editorial regarding expanding Medicaid in North Carolina

Professor Mark Hall, director of the Health Law and Policy Program, is quoted in the following editorial originally published in the Hendersonville Times-News here about research he completed with Edwin Shoaf (’15) on the costs and benefits of Medicaid expansion for North Carolina.

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Wake Forest health law researchers argue in favor of Medicaid expansion in North Carolina

The Winston-Salem Journal originally published the following story by Richard Craver here on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016:

The debate about whether to expand Medicaid coverage to an additional 500,000 North Carolinians has reached a political crossroads, according to two Wake Forest University researchers. Mark Hall and Edwin Shoaf, nationally recognized health care law experts, released Monday a 12-page brief that weighs the pros and cons of expanding the N.C. Medicaid program. The brief can be accessed here. Continue reading »

Medicaid Expansion Costs in North Carolina: A Frank Discussion

A PDF of the following study can be found here.


The history of Medicaid in North Carolina has always been contentious. It took the state five years to adopt Medicaid after the federal government first enacted the program in 1965, and it has now been five years since the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted, allowing states to expand Medicaid. State political leaders have said that we need to overcome two major hurdles before seriously considering Medicaid expansion: Supreme Court challenges to the ACA, and reform of North Carolina’s existing Medicaid system. This past summer the Supreme Court dismissed the last remaining legal challenge to the ACA, and more recently the North Carolina legislature adopted a Medicaid reform bill that Gov. McCrory signed into law. These two developments now clear the decks for an honest dialogue about the costs and benefits of expanding Medicaid. Continue reading »

Professor Mark Hall and Edwin Shoaf (JD ’15) write op/ed in Winston-Salem Journal stating Medicaid reform in sight

 Wake Forest Law Professor Mark Hall and Edwin Shoaf (JD ’15) wrote the following op/ed that was published here in the Winston-Salem Journal on Sunday, Aug. 30. Shoaf is a research fellow with, and Hall is the director of, the  law school’s Health Law and Policy Program. Continue reading »