North Carolina’s alleged conservative voice is getting a little raspy and hoarse. We already told you about a NSJ reporter’s behind-the-scenes spinning and defending of DPI superintendent Catherine Truitt’s footsie-playing with CRT, DEI and SEL. Now, it appears the paper’s opinion editor, Frank Hill, is a registered lobbyist for a company that stands to gain if North Carolina lawmakers vote to expand Medicaid.
Hill is a lobbyist with the Raleigh-based Public Sector Group. According to the secretary of state’s office, he is actively registered as an agent for Centene Corporation.
Centene, according to media reports, is the top provider in the country of Medicaid managed care. So, an expansion of Medicaid in North Carolina would appear to be beneficial to Centene’s bottom line.
Company documents available online confirm that Centene DOES cover sex-change / sex-reassignment procedures.
Centene has also partnered with the North Carolina Medical Society to provide Medicaid managed care services in North Carolina. State Rep. Tim Reeder (R-Pitt), who we told you about earlier, is the past president of the NC Medical Society and president-elect of the Society’s board of trustees.
Centene has also been quite generous with campaign contributions to NC General Assembly members, who are currently deliberating Medicaid expansion.
The company also holds the largest share of the ACA (“ObamaCare”) exchange market in the United States. Centene’s work has been hailed by many distinguished Americans such as Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Centene has also been involved with its fair share of controversy. Media reports indicate that the company has settled with at least 13 different US states over accusations of Medicaid fraud. Centene was sued in 2018 by an investor for allegedly “hiding” a $900 million tax liability tied to one of its mergers.
Last year, Centene pulled the plug on constructing its $1 billion East Coast HQ in Charlotte. State officials had to pull back on $450 million in economic development incentives it had committed to Centene’s expansion.