More Letters on Need for Medicaid Expansion

NC NOW is capturing some articles on the need for Medicaid expansion here. This is not an extensive list, since NC has refused to expand Medicaid for over 10 years. Since the state legislature again refused to expand Medicaid during a session that began April 28, 2020, there has been another set of articles. Find an op-ed on the need for Medicaid Expansion, written by NC NOW’s state president, at “Legislature Refuses Gift of Medicaid Expansion Again – 5/5/20,” at https://wp.me/p22b2e-2CU. The News and Observer picked it up, but shortened it  – under the heading of Expanding Medicaid for coronavirus patients only leaves too many still at risk in NC, 5/5/20. The shortened version ran in the N&O, Durham Herald/Sun and probably in the Charlotte Observer (verifying last one). The Fayetteville Observer ran the whole op-ed, adding a few words and phrases for emphasis. Find it at State Legislature Refuses Gift of Medicaid Expansion – Again.

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Take Action on Medicaid Expansion

We Must Expand Medicaid! Read about why, and take action here.

The pandemic is exposing people and institutions who were barely getting by and now will fail with insufficient assistance. Rural hospitals were already struggling in NC. Now, another NC hospital is filing for bankruptcy. Yet, the NC legislature continues to refuse the gift of Medicaid Expansion which would alleviate health and economic problems in every county if implemented fully. For a deeper understanding of this issue, click here.

Take action here.  If you have a personal story, or are religious, you may add reasons from that perspective. 

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Upcoming events – May and June, 2020

Here are some upcoming events in May and June 2020, and some past events that you can watch online. Chapel Hill NOW is sponsoring the Breaking the Silence event on May 16. Look for a press release. Charlotte NOW is cosponsoring a women’s roundtable event in Charlotte on Jun 2. With so many events online, you can watch them at your convenience!

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Legislature Refuses Gift of Medicaid Expansion Again – 5/5/20

The pandemic is exposing people and institutions who were barely getting by and now will fail with insufficient assistance. Rural hospitals were already struggling in NC. Now, another NC hospital is filing for bankruptcy, this one in Senator Berger’s district. According to UNC’s Sheps Center, seven have closed since 2010, and another failing Rockingham County hospital got a 5 year reprieve in 2018. NC already faces an opioid epidemic, having lost 2000 people to opioid overdose in 2017 alone. In addition, NC had 11,848 coronavirus cases and 430 deaths reported by NCDHHS on Monday, 5/4/20.  Now, coronavirus is forcing hospital revenues down while increasing costs to get ready to care for critically ill covid-19 patients. Hospital failures can devastate local economies. Yet, the NC legislature continues to refuse the gift of Medicaid Expansion which would alleviate health and economic problems in every county if implemented fully.

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Press Release: Push to Properly Classify and Solve #MMIWG Murders in Lumberton, NC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Press Release: Push to Properly Classify and Solve #MMIWG Murders in Lumberton, NC

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Raleigh, NC – May 4, 2020 – May 5 is National Day of Action for MMIWG (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls) and we have some big problems in Lumberton, NC.

The murders of the 3 women in 2017 are still not classified as homicides by the Lumberton Police Department. This was confirmed again in April 2020. All 3 women were found naked within a 4 block radius. Rhonda Price and Christina Bennett were found on the same day, Apr 18, 2017. The 3rd woman, Megan Oxendine, knew the first 2 women and had been interviewed about their murders in April 2017. Oxendine was murdered on Jun 3, 2017. In 2019, another shocking fact was revealed – the rape kits sat untested for over a year and a half!

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Denim Day 2020 Photo Project – Pix due 5/10/20

Please join the Denim Day 2020 Photo Project with NOW chapters across the country for sexual assault awareness month and help us shine a light on the needs of survivors during COVID-19 . See the instructions below as a guideline for participation. This is organized by CA NOW and GA NOW.

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Push for VAWA on Denim Day, 4/29/20

Please join our Denim Day 2020 Photo Project with NOW chapters across the country for sexual assault awareness month and help us shine a light on the needs of sexual assault and rape survivors during COVID-19 . Please see the instructions below as a guideline for participation. This is an inspiring and powerful opportunity to practice solidarity and support survivors by renewing our commitment to exposing harmful behaviors and attitudes surrounding sexual violence. Read about how this day came about here. NOW state presidents are using this to push Congress to reauthorize VAWA, and thanking those who are already working for this. 

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Online #MMIWGP Rally Agenda – 4/25/20

Please join us for the online Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and People (MMIWGP) rally scheduled for 4/25/20, from 10am-1pm. Emcee Crystal Cavelier, Founder of MMIW NC Coalition and Co- Organizer of March has provided an agenda. NC NOW is one of the cosponsors, and NC NOW President Gailya Paliga is one of the speakers. The link to watch it livestream is Livestream of Online #MMIWGP Rally. The (past) facebook event is at https://www.facebook.com/events/455552131732954/  

 

10:00 am – Welcome
Crystal Cavalier, Founder of MMIW NC Coalition and Co- Organizer of March
Jason Crazy Bear (Choctaw Apache) and David Seleni (Houma)

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Action: Contact US Senate To Reauthorize a Strong VAWA – 2020

Indigenous women are raped, beaten and murdered at astounding rates. Proposed changes to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) would help deter these crimes and punish perpetrators by increasing tribal jurisdiction to include sexual violence, sex trafficking, stalking, and child abuse.  We need to push our US Senators to reauthorize a strong VAWA like the one that passed in the US House over a year ago (4/4/19).

#VAWA is topic at Tuesdays With Tillis event on 4/9/19. Senator Tillis has an office at this Federal Building in Raleigh. Photo credit: Michael Eisenberg

There are other improvements incorporated in the House bill – and we want the Senate to pass similar. But the Senate is refusing to do this job. According to Newsweek on 2/14/20, “‘GRIM REAPER’ MITCH MCCONNELL ADMITS THERE ARE 395 HOUSE BILLS SITTING IN THE SENATE: ‘WE’RE NOT GOING TO PASS THOSE.

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Press Release: Online Rally on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women on 4/25/20

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Press Release: Online Rally to Focus on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and People on 4/25/20

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