Dean Vincent Guilamo-Ramos of the Duke School of Nursing on NC’s shortage of primary care providers

BY: - April 3, 2023

North Carolina took a big and important step toward making Medicaid expansion a reality last week when Gov. Roy Cooper signed a bill to make it the 40th state to take the plunge. As welcome as this news is, however, it’s important to point out that expansion will not be a magic overnight healthcare solution. […]

Hampered by opposition from doctors’ groups, nurse practitioners want to change state law to give them more freedom to treat patients

BY: - April 7, 2022

Cindy Cross was diagnosed with breast cancer about 15 years ago and found compassionate medical care when she first visited Michelle Taylor Skipper’s office in Laurinburg.   Cross has been a patient of Skipper’s ever since, and her two adult daughters see her, too.

Hot debate in NC health care on freeing advanced practice nurses from doctors’ supervision

BY: - March 30, 2022

The legislative committee considering Medicaid expansion and access to health care in North Carolina took up the contentious issue of allowing nurses with advanced degrees diagnose illnesses and prescribe medicine without doctor supervision. In a sometimes testy debate that lasted for more than three hours, doctors, nurses, and legislators went back and forth, referencing studies […]

As COVID numbers trend lower, NC legislators get an earful on the pandemic’s toll

BY: - February 16, 2022

Stress, substance use, and a serious shortage of nurses are some of COVID’s lasting impact NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kody Kinsley wasted little time Tuesday in outlining for lawmakers the scars that the pandemic has left in its wake. “We have lost a lot of ground. We know nearly 1 in […]