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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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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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Take Action Urging NC leadership to Expand Medicaid ASAP (2020)

Rural hospitals are cutting services and even worse, closing. Billions of dollars meant to support health care in NC have been sent to other states, to those states smart enough to take advantage of great deal to expand Medicaid. Stop hurting NC’s people and economy, Senator Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore. Expand Medicaid NOW! The Coronavirus is exposing how close to the edge many people live with no savings and no health care and so many jobs lost or suspended during the pandemic. More people will die because local hospitals have closed, hospitals that expanding Medicaid would have supported.

NC NOW is sharing Health Action NC’s  letter to the NCGA leadership and Governor Cooper to close the coverage gap in NC by expanding Medicaid. 158 orgs, business owners and associations  signed on in a matter of days.  You can sign a petition urging NC Legislature to Expand Medicaid as an Emergency Response to coronavirus COVID-19.

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NC NOW Legislative Update #29—Fireworks Over House Veto Override – Sept. 30, 2019

See whole report including summary and bill tracking at NC NOW Legislative Update #29.v1

The fireworks over the House vote to override the budget veto continue.  Rep. Darren Jackson has taken a lie detector test and challenged Speaker Moore to do the same.  At issue is whether Rep. Jackson was told that the session where the vote to override the budget veto was taken would be a no voting session.  Speaker Moore dismissed the challenge claiming that it was a publicity stunt.  See:  https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nc/charlotte/news/2019/09/23/representative-takes-lie-detector-test-after-budget-veto-override

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North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #27 — 9/3/19

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update—September 3, 2019

Jump to the full summary and listing of bills NC NOW is tracking at NC NOW Legislative Update #27 (3Sep19)

There has been movement on both the budget and Medicaid transformation.  To get around the impasse over the vetoed budget, the legislature has passed a slew of stand-alone budget bills addressing specific areas.  Most significantly, bills giving pay raises to various state employees were passed and signed by Governor Cooper because both the vetoed budget and the Governor’s proposed compromise budget agree on these pay raises.  However, the two budgets do not agree on pay raises for teachers.  The bill dealing with teacher pay raises was sent back to committee because Democrats had prepared ten amendments.  Republicans did not want recorded votes against these proposed amendments.  This summary by Rep. Marcia Morey of Durham nicely sums up the situation:

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Voices From The Coverage Gap Event Opens People’s Eyes (2019)

Stories are powerful. Filmmaker Rebecca Cerese captured stories from people around the state who are caught in the health care coverage gap. She shared some stories on film and some she told. One of Rebecca’s storytellers came in person and her story of her daughter was heartbreaking.

Watching one of the stories Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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NC NOW Legislative Update #24 – 7/29/19

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You can go directly to the full legislative update, NC_NOW_Legislative_Update #24 (29Jul19), which includes the week’s summary and bill listings. Written by Robin Davis, NC NOW Vice President of Political Action and Lobbyist. Summary includes the state budget impasse and a lawmaker has resigned his seat after pleading guilty to cyberstalking his estranged wife.

Still no vote on whether to override the governor’s veto of the budget and no progress to report on a stand-alone bill to expand Medicaid. The Winston-Salem Journal reported, “As has been the pattern for 11 consecutive sessions, neither the veto override vote nor the bipartisan Medicaid expansion legislation House Bill 655 was addressed.” “The next opportunity will come Monday night [7/29/19], which would represent Day 32 of the stalemate.” See: https://www.journalnow.com/news/state/n-c-house-pushes-possible-votes-on-state-budget-veto/article_00c86259-3fb7-5758-9ed5-9aff47c9c693.html

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Event Summary: Many Issues with State Budget, Not Medicaid Alone

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. 

Early full house from back Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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NC NOW Legislative Update #20 – Updates on State Budget – 6/17/19

See NC_NOW_Legislative_Update #20 (17 Jun 19), with summary and bill listings. Summary follows.

Last week the House and Senate leaders appointed budget conference committee members to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the budget. Budget chairs from both the House and Senate will serve as chairs.  For committee members, see: https://www.ncleg.gov/Legislation/Bills/Conferees/2019/H966.  No Senate Democrats were appointed to the committee, and only two House Democrats were appointed: Rep. Charles Graham, D-Robeson, and Rep. Elmer Floyd, D-Cumberland–the only Democrats who voted for the House budget.

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