The Senate version of Trumpcare: Worse than we’d imagined

BY: - June 22, 2017

Reporter Amanda Michelle Gomez at Think Progress has the latest in a story entitled “Senate’s health care bill shreds Medicaid and essential health benefits, and more”: “Any hopes that Senate Republicans would moderate their House colleagues’ health care bill were dashed on Thursday when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) finally unveiled his chamber’s long-awaited […]


The two best editorials of the weekend

BY: - June 19, 2017

Poisoned water and poisonous healthcare policy were featured in two of the weekend’s best editorials. Number One comes from the Wilmington Star News. In “CFPUA, Give Us the Answers Right Now,” the authors demand an immediate series of answers regarding the public health crisis that surrounds the region’s poisoned water supply: “Each answer we get […]


Democratic state senators call on budget chairs to preserve key ACA protections

BY: - June 13, 2017

A group of Democratic North Carolina senators is calling on the chairs of the conference committee that is negotiating the final state budget bill to protect the health are of hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians who could be harmed if Congress makes good on its threat to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In a […]


New report: Medicaid even more vital in rural areas

BY: - June 7, 2017

There’s more powerful confirmation this morning that rural North Carolinians and rural Americans are voting against their own interests and those of their children to the extent that they are supporting politicians who seek to wreck public health structures like Medicaid. According to a new report produced jointly by the Georgetown Center for Children and […]


Blue Cross: Trump, Congress to blame for new rate hike request

BY: - May 25, 2017

How disastrous would Trumpcare be for North Carolina? This disastrous: It’s only passed one house of Congress and it’s already badly destabilizing the insurance market. This is from the NC Justice Center’s Health Advocacy Project: Today, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina announced it is requesting an average premium rate increase of 22.9 percent […]


What you need to know about the new report on Trumpcare

BY: - May 25, 2017

Health policy expert Brendan Riley of the N.C. Justice Center’s Health Advocacy Project released his analysis of the Congressional Budget Office report on Trumpcare last night, Here’s what he found: Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its analysis of the American Health Care Act passed on May 4 by the U.S. House of Representatives […]


BREAKING: CBO report says Trumpcare would cost 23 million their health insurance

BY: - May 24, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office has released its much anticipated analysis of the American Health Care Act (aka “Trumpcare”). Here’s a link to the report: https://www.cbo.gov/publication/52752 And here is a summary from the New York Times: A bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act that narrowly passed the House this month would increase the projected number […]


How we ought to honor mothers this weekend

BY: - May 13, 2017

As a mother and also a daughter, each year I try to think of something unique that will celebrate my deserving mother and friend. As a health care advocate engaging communities and policymakers, today I’m thinking of the mothers in our state who have serious health care access and coverage concerns. This week in Greenville, […]


Health advocates, doctors, individuals with pre-existing conditions decry “TrumpDon’tCare”

BY: - May 4, 2017

In the aftermath of today’s vote in the U.S. House to repeal the Affordable Care Act and “replace” it with what critics are rightly calling “TrumpDon’tCare,” health advocates, physicians and average North Carolinians who would be impacted by the change braved a rainstorm to address the media this afternoon at the state Capitol Building. Nicole […]


Nothing has changed (Part 2): Reported amendment to GOP health care bill guts protections for people with pre-existing conditions

BY: - April 24, 2017

Last week, we reported reviving the GOP health care bill would mean more uninsured, costlier coverage in North Carolina. On Friday unfortunately, Republicans in Congress reportedly reached agreement on an amendment that would eliminate key Affordable Care Act (ACA) protections for people with pre-existing health conditions. Under the amendment, states could end some of these […]


Congress sneaking in last-minute change to make Trumpcare even worse

BY: - March 23, 2017

Ahead of a floor vote scheduled for later today, Republican leadership in the House has realized that they do not have enough votes right now to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Trump-Ryan proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As a result, Trump and others are trying to sneak […]