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Input on Medicaid Reform Due by May 25, 2017

Do you know NC is proposing big changes to ‘reform’ Medicaid, and now is the time to give input on it? “The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is seeking additional public input from April 25 to 11:59 p.m. on May 25, 2017, on the Medicaid and NC Health Choice programs transformation (also known as “Medicaid reform”), according to NCTracks notice here.”

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DHHS also held four public input sessions around the state during May. Dates are listed in same NCTracks notice.  It says “Pre-registration is not necessary; please review speaker guidelines”. The last of those is Tuesday, May 16.

As always, NC Policy Watch is a great source of information on this issue. Learn more about so called “Medicaid Reform” changes at

See more on giving input at https://www.nctracks.nc.gov/content/public/providers/provider-communications/2017-announcements/Medicaid-Request-for-Public-Input.html.

Upcoming Events for Charlotte NOW members – May to June 2017

1. May 22 at 6:30 pm: Come hear Margaret Flowers, MD and founder of HOPE (Health Over Profit for Everyone) speak about “national improved Medicare for all” for every person regardless of age or income. HOPE advocates tactics ranging from traditional lobbying to civil resistance. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/262411800898116/

2. Jun 7, 2017 – Charlotte NOW Meeting. Topic is Gender Inequality.

The June 7 meeting will continue our discussion of Gender Inequality with a look at some research and data from other areas. In May, Charlotte NOW looked at inequality for women in the media via the Miss Representation documentary. There will be a general business meeting with updates and a call to action. The last 30 minutes will be a social time to get acquainted. Please plan to join us!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1131793233633404/

Action: Stop AHCA/Trumpcare NOW! Here is how..

Did you write NC (US) Senators Burr and Tillis about stopping the AHCA (Trumpcare) bill yet? The AHCA bill that the Republicans forced through the US House on May 4, 2017  is devastating

“This bill will put women directly in harm’s way by making health care inaccessible to people with pre-existing conditions–including those who have survived domestic violence, experienced postpartum depression, or undergone a cesarean section. ” As NOW.org wrote in their suggested email action at http://now.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/AHCAEmailYourSenators.pdf.

Congress’ own Congressional Budget Office estimated that 24 million people would lose health insurance from the plan. This estimate is from the March 2017 version of the bill that was not put up for a vote (due to expected failure), and the current plan (May 2017) is only worse. Read more about the harm this plan would do at https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/costestimate/americanhealthcareact.pdf.

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A more readable description of the damage this bill does is at Vox.com, “These are all the people the Republican health care bill will hurt,” 5/4/17, at

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April Activities with Charlotte NOW, 2017

The National Organization for Women Charlotte chapter has been busy and has room for you to join in! Charlotte NOW was represented at the Healthcare Justice NC “Medicare for All” rally and press conference in front of Carolina Medical Center Main on April 8, 2017, in Charlotte by Melba Evans. Evans spoke about some of the advantages for women in a Medicare for ALL healthcare plan. Other speakers included Physicians for National Health Plan, NAACP, League of Women Voters, Action NC, Charlotte Women’s March. 

Photo Credit: Melba Evans

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We Will Be Heard! Burr/Tillis Town Hall on 3/5/17.

Community members in the Triangle area will be holding a Citizens Town Hall to gather and make our voices heard. We will speak out about issues that concern North Carolinians, and send our comments to US Senators Burr and Tillis if they do not attend. They were invited.

This non-partisan event is being held at a church. Umstead Park United Church of Christ (UCC), 8208 Brownleigh Dr, Raleigh, North Carolina 27617.

Senators Burr and Tillis were part of the group of representatives refusing to do regular town hall events during the Congressional Recess last week (2/18/17-2/26/17). Constituents around the country held their own events for US Senators and Congressmen and Congresswomen who refused to hold their own town halls. The town hall in Cary last week held 250 people, and had to turn away at least 50 more people, according to “Angry Constituents Vent To Cardboard Senators in Cary,” 2/22/17, ABC11. Women, including two Women’s March On Raleigh organizers, led a town hall for constituents of Congressman George Holding in Apex on 2/23/17. See more on that one at “North Carolina congressmen avoid facing angry town hall crowds in person,” 2/24/17, CBS.

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Line outside the Cary Town Hall meeting Photo Credit: Shana Becker

The facebook event is at https://www.facebook.com/events/1660911020876876/

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Fayetteville NOW: Annual Susan B Anthony Celebration on 2/23/17

Fayetteville NOW honors Dr. Naveed Aziz at this year’s Susan B. Anthony birthday celebration and fundraiser. Dr. Aziz is a physician in Spring Lake, NC. She spoke about the Affordable Care Act at Fayetteville NOW’s reproductive rights forum on Jan 25, 2017

This is Fayetteville NOW’s 12th Susan B. Anthony event! 

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Join us on February 23, 2017, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Tickets are $30 per person. Sponsorship is available for $100 and includes two tickets.  The event will be held at the VFW Post 6018, on Chance St., in Fayetteville.

Paid reservations must be received by February 19th, 2017.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1632130617088842/

Pro-choice? Then show them!

Every year, NC NOW runs a pro-choice signature ad filled with names of pro-choice North Carolinians from across the state. The ad runs to commemorate the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that gave women control over their own bodies, and is a fundraiser for NC NOW. We also deliver copies of the ad with a letter from NC NOW on legislative priorities to all of the state legislators after the legislative session starts. We have been doing this every year for decades! Now more than ever, our legislators need to be reminded that they represent pro-choice women and men, and that we vote! If you’re pro-choice – put your name to it! Let them see it in black and white (and purple).

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If you want your name in the ad, please include how you want it to appear. The signature ad is NC NOW’s main fundraiser, so please make a donation. Names are due by Monday, Jan 16, 2017. 

If you want to use a credit card, you can either run it yourself online at pro-choice signature ad – 2017 or put the information in the attached pro-choice signature ad appeal letter and mail it in. If you want to send a check, please use the 2017 signature ad appeal letter. If you mail something in, you may also want to email president at raleighnow.org, in case something happens with the mail.

If you do it yourself online then we never see your credit card number or anything, so that is the recommended way, but both ways work. Also if you do it online, please fill in the fields on the page so I get an email telling me who signed up.

Women’s March on Raleigh 2017 – Spread The Word!

More information on the 2017 Women’s March on Raleigh. The theme is “Women Mobilize NC.”  Ours is one of the many marches in solidarity with each other and with the Women’s March on Washington.

 

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Going into the New Year, we will not be silent! It is time to make our movement explode onto the scene. SPREAD THE WORD!!!

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What to do now…

First, we mourn this great unexpected loss. Hillary Clinton was everything many of us wanted in a president – a compassionate, resilient, intelligent woman and politician with the necessary experience and temperament for the job of leading our country. Clinton had an inclusive vision, policy knowledge and skills to spare. You can read “133 reasons (and counting!) Hillary Clinton should be our next president,” Huffington Post, 10/28/16. At the same time, you can read why the Trump/Pence ticket was and is our greatest fear. For many or most of us, a fear not even recognized as a real possibility until it happened before our shocked and disbelieving eyes. Read why we fear Trump and for the safety of friends and neighbors and minorities of all kinds at “An American Tragedy.” Many of us feel,  as the article states, “[t]he election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism. ” That bad. Donald Trump is America’s “Brexit” (New York Times, June 2016). The world is still wondering ‘How did Brexit happen,’ 6/24/16, in the same way it wonders how did Donald Trump win.

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Then we buck up and look toward the future. We suggest a few main things to do, once we get our minds around this new and darker future.

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The Hyde Amendment Turns 40 – Let’s End It NOW!

The horrible Hyde Amendment will be in place for 40 years on Sept 30, 2016. 

The Hyde Amendment is a legislative provision that bans federal funds from being used for most abortions. These restrictions particularly harm low-income women and women of color. The Hyde Amendment started out as a way to ban Medicaid funding for abortion, targetting poor women. The Hyde Amendment became effective in 1977. It has been reauthorized every year by Congress as part of budget appropriations for the Department of Health and Human Services. It treats abortion differently than other services in the Medicaid program, and limits coverage of abortion to limited circumstances. It inspired other federal programs to interfere with abortion coverage as well.

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According to the NWLC’s “The Hyde Amendment Creates an Unacceptable Barrier To Women Getting Abortions,”

“Restrictions on Medicaid coverage of abortion disproportionately affect women of color. In 2012, 20 percent of Medicaid enrollees were African-American, 29 percent were Hispanic, and 9 percent were Asian-American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, American Indian, Aleutian or Eskimo.

Since its introduction, Congress has enacted bans similar to the Hyde Amendment to restrict more women from getting abortion funding. According to Guttmacher Institute, abortion is not covered for the following groups of people. 

  • Military personnel and their dependents (started 1979)
  • Federal employees and their dependents (started 1983)
  • American Indians and Alaskan Natives
  • Poor women in the District of Columbia (since 1989)
  • Women in federal prisons (since 1989)
  • Peace Corps volunteers  (since 1979)

Stay tuned for possible action on the Hyde Amendment near the anniversary. #BeBoldEndHyde