A coalition of organizations held a community conversations event “Public Education, Medicaid Expansion and the State Budget” in Fayetteville on Thursday, 7/25/19. Attendees heard from many very well qualified speakers on two panels – the first panel included community leaders, doctors, patients on need for Medicaid Expansion and returning public education to place of importance in state, and the second panel included some history of Medicaid expansion in NC and current shenanigans and chances with past and present lawmakers. Read more about panelists and areas covered.
Next step in the Legislature – reconciling the House and Senate budgets, which have significant differences between them. In general, the Senate version is far worse because its tax cuts go deeper and it contains cuts to existing programs not contained in the House budget. Neither the House nor the Senate budget includes Medicaid expansion; however, the Senate version of the budget cuts the proposed Medicaid budget $100 million below the governor’s suggested budget for the first year. Another serious problem is the Senate’s decision to limit public investments at a time when the state’s population is growing steadily. And Democrats are being shut out of the negotiations, in both sides of government a total of two Democratic men (no women) are included in the negotiations, both of whom voted for the budget. Read more here.
Do this and be part of something bigger (From Coalition on health care in NC):
Make a sign telling your lawmaker why Health Care Can’t Wait. Snap a selfie holding your sign. Email it to email@example.com to be included in a slideshow showcasing the actions across the state to push out on social media. Please include your location in the email.
NC NOW Legislative Update #11 – highlighting terrible anti-abortion bill being rushed through the process, and Republican version Medicaid expansion type bill with work requirements on it.
ICE practices have become increasingly brutal. Week 7 of the legislative session saw the Republicans file a bill to force the new more progressive sheriffs elected by voters to cooperate with ICE or face huge penalties. Also, Medicaid Expansion bill may have been waylaid by rookie legislator’s mistake, although there are other ways to expand Medicaid anyway. Read more here.
The January, February and March 2019 newsletter is available. January and February have been a whirlwind of activity – 6 women’s marches around the state, getting people to other marches, NC NOW’s annual pro-choice signature ad, and organizing other events and advocacy days. Also, strong reactions to administration activities and lawmakers.
The last two town hall events of the #SaveScotus/#SaveRoe across the state were the last week of August, 2018. Here is a summary of both, with pictures.
Medicare and Medicaid’s 53rd birthday was July 30, 2018; Social Security’s 83rd birthday is August 14. All three of these programs are under attack by the same people who recently gave a 1.5 trillion dollar tax cut to the wealthy last fall. One in three Americans is currently covered by Medicaid or Medicare. These programs are vital for the survival of some of our most vulnerable people, and the intention of Paul Ryan as well as some NC legislators to cut them is widely known and would be detrimental to us all. This week’s rally calls attention to the importance of these programs and exposes some threats. This is the 80th consecutive Tuesdays With Tillis rally we’ve held.
July 30, 2018 is the 53rd anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the bill that led to Medicare and Medicaid into law. The programs were intended in part to remove racial segregation practiced by hospitals and other health care facilities at the time. Read about both programs here.
Here is NC NOW’s 5th legislative update of this NCGA Short Session. The summary addresses topics include Budget, Voter ID, Income Tax Cap via Constitutional Change, Restrictions on Early Voting, Medicaid Expansion, ERA (including action to take on ERA), and Judicial Redistricting.