April 21st blogging the last 4 years

Austin Frakt was asking what he should blog about on twitter last night, and most of the suggestions were interesting (and important) questions that don’t really have an evidence based answer. I thought, I wonder what I was blogging about on April 21st (or nearest date in April) the past 4 years (my blog started summer 2009). Here goes.

  • 2013. Text of the North Carolina Medicaid reform bill was released. The so called Partnership for a Healthy North Carolina is a phrase still used, but the plan has shifted away from straight privatization of Medicaid.
  • 2012. The next bubble college tuition? was the post nearest April 21. The nearest health policy post was one Looking at the future of payroll taxes v general fund financing of Medicare, given that Part B has a statutory proportion of Part B expenses that must come from general tax revenue, but not a cap on the amount flowing in like payroll taxes do.
  • 2011. A post on the State of the Health Reform debate, coming after a week in which I say I dropped totally out of the discussion during a spring break trip. I claim to have been depressed by the lack of actual policy discussion leading to a deal between the two sides for the next step after the ACA.
  • 2010. On the old blog, a quick hit piece on CLASS Act and Long Term Care, and use of genetic markers to underwrite private long term care insurance. And I announced I got tenure at Duke! Yay team and all that.

About Don Taylor
Professor of Public Policy at Duke University (with appointments in Business, Nursing, Community and Family Medicine, and the Duke Clinical Research Institute). I am one of the founding faculty of the Margolis Center for Health Policy, and currently serve as Chair of Duke's University Priorities Committee (UPC). My research focuses on improving care for persons who are dying, and I am co-PI of a CMMI award in Community Based Palliative Care. I teach both undergrads and grad students at Duke. On twitter @donaldhtaylorjr

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