U.S. judge rules insurers don’t have to cover many free preventive health services

BY: - March 30, 2023

[This story has been updated.] WASHINGTON — Health insurance companies may no longer need to cover a wide swath of preventive health care services that were required by the 2010 Affordable Care Act, under a federal judge’s ruling issued Thursday in Texas. The decision could affect millions of Americans’ access to no-cost preventive health care […]


Let’s celebrate the Affordable Care Act anniversary, and finish the job of assuring healthcare for all

BY: - March 23, 2023

In the long struggle to win quality, affordable, equitable healthcare for everyone in our nation, there have been two large expansions of health insurance coverage beyond the private, employer-based insurance system established after the Second World War as a way to provide insurance coverage to veterans returning from their military service: the establishment of Medicaid […]

Legal Aid of North Carolina executive director George Hausen

BY: - January 3, 2022

For over four decades now, advocates at Legal Aid have provided free legal help to low-income North Carolinians in civil cases involving basic human needs like safety, shelter, income and many other issues.Toll-Free Helpline: 1-866-219-LANC


National philanthropic groups condemn NC’s failure to expand Medicaid as “unconscionable”

BY: - September 16, 2021

Groups call on Congress to act where recalcitrant states are failing The following statement was issued yesterday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on behalf of an array of signatory nonprofits: Princeton, N.J.—As nonprofit and philanthropic organizations devoted to improving health and health equity, dismantling structural racism, and advancing social justice, we strongly support Congress […]

Supreme Court rejects latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act

BY: - June 17, 2021

In a 7-2 ruling the U.S. Supreme Court found Thursday that states lack standing to challenge that the individual mandate is unconstitutional.  Here’s Justice Stephen Breyer writing for the majority: No plaintiff has shown such an injury “fairly traceable” to the “allegedly unlawful conduct” challenged here. North Carolina Congressman David Price was quick to react […]

Rural interests on a health coverage council want Medicaid expansion, countering expansion deemphasis in a final report.

BY: - March 5, 2021

Five members of the NC Council on Health Care Coverage who were among those representing rural interests in the group asserted this week that some form of Medicaid expansion is “the fix that will provide insurance options for those in the coverage gap and that will benefit rural economies.” Their statement came as the nearly […]


Advocates: Supreme Court ruling endangers reproductive freedom

BY: - July 8, 2020

Reactions are coming in to today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that permits employers opposed to providing reproductive health care to their employees from being required to do so under the terms of the Affordable Care Act. This is from the NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina: The U.S Supreme Court decision in Little Sisters of the Poor v […]


New analysis documents devastating impact Trump’s ACA sabotage has had on health care coverage

BY: - April 16, 2020

Researchers at the Center for American Progress released a new analysis this morning which shows that at this critical moment for access to health care, well over a million additional Americans would be enrolled in marketplace coverage if not for President Trump’s continuing efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. This is from the news […]


Pandemic shows that, on its 10th anniversary, we need the ACA more than ever

BY: - March 23, 2020

Ten years ago, on March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law. Health care had been a pivotal issue during the 2008 presidential election and the ACA delivered a massive overhaul to a failing system. Unfortunately, even though the bill was modeled on a plan by the Heritage Foundation, […]


The best editorial of the weekend: The “chaos” that overturning the ACA would bring about

BY: - March 9, 2020

In case you missed it, the lead editorial in Saturday’s Winston-Salem Journal neatly summarized what’s at at stake as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to consider the future of the Affordable Care Act later this year. In “The loss of health care protections,” the authors put it this way: The case before the Court is […]


Report: Want expanded healthcare in NC? End gerrymandering

BY: - February 24, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new report from the Center for American Progress shows how partisan gerrymandering has allowed officials in a handful of states to deny their own residents expanded access to Medicaid despite strong public support. The report examines the broad benefits of Medicaid expansion for states and low-income people and how partisan gerrymandering has […]

Stein joins other attorneys general in asking SCOTUS to resolve Affordable Care Act controversy

BY: - January 3, 2020

NC the only non-Medicaid expansion state included As the Nevada Current’s Dana Gentry reports, a group of 20 state attorneys general, including North Carolina’s Josh Stein, has filed a motion with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to quickly resolve judicial uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act. This is from Gentry’s story: The Fifth Circuit’s […]