February 23, 2016

A Nurse’s Call to Care in Henderson County

As a neighbor, community volunteer, and nurse in the county health department, I have come to know the people of our county well. We’re built of solid western North Carolina stock—we work hard, don’t complain, and have a knack for making do in tough times. But even tough people have high blood pressure, get hurt on the job, or get …

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February 13, 2016

News & Observer: Blame Blue Cross losses on GOPs hindering a better ACA

The ACA needs such adjustments, but it’s also being undermined by Republican opposition. The GOP-led General Assembly refused to set up a state-run exchange, thus stripping the insurance commissioner of his leverage on premiums or his ability to adjust to suit the state market. And the legislature refused to expand Medicaid, leading some low-income people whose medical costs could have been borne …

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February 12, 2016

Robesonian: What isn’t said about the ACA

Medicaid expansion in North Carolina would not only provide coverage to several hundred thousand people who are currently uninsured, it would create thousands of jobs and help struggling rural hospitals stay open and serve their local communities. And the federal government would pick up most of the cost. Read More

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February 11, 2016

News & Observer: Marching again over North Carolina’s failure to expand Medicaid

Two years after the start of the Affordable Care Act and three years after the N.C. General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory blocked federally funded expansion of Medicaid to cover the working poor, it’s time to remind our legislators of the effects of their decision: the avoidable costs, the unnecessary deaths, the intolerable cruelty. On Saturday, I am rising early …

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February 5, 2016

News & Observer: Sondra G. Stein: Take profit out of health care

Let’s remember that the purpose of the ACA is not to expand health insurance but to expand access to health care. We achieved that goal in North Carolina, and it would have helped more North Carolinians meet their need for good health care if our state leaders had not blocked Medicaid expansion for low-income adults not covered by Medicaid. Read …

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