Actions You Can Take NOW! (5/2021)

Here is an update women’s issues and health with actions. Any you can do are helpful!

Women’s Issues

In the NC Legislature, there are 2 terrible anti-abortion bills that made crossover, which means they are continuing on in the legislature (aka the bills didn’t die as they should have). NC NOW has a few actions people can take. NC NOW has a legislative update on this –
https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2021/05/19/north-carolina-now-legislative-update-16-17-may-2021/

On Immigration and Women – I am personally thrilled that the Biden/Harris Administration is shutting down the Irwin Detention Center in Georgia, and have reactivated the investigation into the terrible doctor who forced hysterectomies on women there (and was otherwise cruel to them). More at https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2021/05/21/great-news-irwin-detention-center-in-ga-to-be-closed-investigations-reactivated/. There is an easy action with this post – easy call to the White House and ICE during business hours.

Expand Medicaid NOW

Health
With regard to health, the thing that would help North Carolinians in every part of the state would be Medicaid expansion. Expanding Medicaid would be a huge win for more health care in every county, more health care jobs in every county, billions of federal money pumped into the state, help for rural hospitals and people, and also ripple effect benefits to communities around the state.  As you may know, past Governor Pat McCrory signed away the governor’s ability to expand Medicaid as one of the first things he did in 2013, so the NC Legislature has control of that. There is more pressure for the NC Legislature to expand Medicaid since the federal pandemic relief bill from March contains even more great incentive to add on to all the other wins NC would get by expanding Medicaid. More at North Carolina Health News – https://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2021/03/18/medicaid-expansion-incentives-pandemic-relief-bill/. This article explains new “substantial incentives for states to expand Medicaid, as well as provide spending boosts to improve care for new moms, people with disabilities.”  Expanding Medicaid would also help more women (and their children/families), since women generally make less money. 2/3 of people making minimum wage – in NC and the country – are women.

A May article in Triangle Business Journal quantifies the economic benefits of expanding Medicaid. See https://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2021/05/03/medicaid-expansion-nc-state-budget-impact-kff.html

“Erica Palmer Smith, director of Care4Carolina, said the benefits would go beyond [$1.21 billion over two years and providing Medicaid insurance coverage to more than 500,000 more people. It would bring] $5 billion into the state every year to cover the federal share along with a decrease in uncompensated care costs at health care facilities when uninsured individuals are unable to pay for the cost of their care, leaving hospitals with bad debt.”

“North Carolina is one of a dozen states that has yet to expand access to Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act.” Meanwhile, hospitals are cutting services and some are closing.

We could use Letters To The Editor on any or all of these issues as well. Please tell me if you write any and I can post also. Here are letters on need for Medicaid Expansion from this time last year – https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2020/05/14/more-letters-on-need-for-medicaid-expansion/.

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