NC HEALTH REPORT: 185,000 North Carolinians Lose Health Coverage in 2009

October 7, 2009
Editors: Adam Searing and Adam Linker

HEALTH ACCESS COALITION TV: Our Channel

VIDEO: Kelly Woodall speaks out against devastating Medicaid cuts.

VIDEO: State Health Plan "fat tax" featured on the Today Show.

AT THE PROGRESSIVE PULSE:

A new Families USA report says that nearly 185,000 North Carolinians have lost health coverage in 2009 because of steep job losses across the state.

After flopping at Franklin Regional Medical Center, Brian Gwyn gets a new gig at Carolinas HealthCare System.

UNC physician and author Nortin Hadler has released a new book, Stabbed in the Back: Confronting back pain in an overtreated society. If we ignore Hadler we'll never get health costs under control.

Ferrel Guillory has a thoughtful and depressing essay on the decline of health care reporting in NC.

In a radical break from the past, Blue Cross has appointed COO Brad Wilson as Bob Grezcyn's heir apparent.

We've opened up a suggestion box for Brad Wilson and Blue Cross. Feel free to contribute.

To save money, Chapel Hill mayoral candidate Matt Czajkowski wants to cut health benefits for librarians.

National experts say that punitive wellness provisions, like those instituted by the State Health Plan, are unethical.

Adam Searing explains why the wellness provisions are also unlikely to save money.

NC slips to 41 in The Commonwealth Fund's state rankings of health status and access.

Rep. Sue Myrick is on the lookout for Muslim spies.

Patty Briguglio, owner of pr firm MMI, is appearing at health forums bashing government programs. Meanwhile, a fair number of government programs are on her pr client list.

When Bill Roper's blog went down Adam Linker speculated that a dark conspiracy was to blame. It turned out to be technical difficulties.

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ATTENDED THE NC JUSTICE CENTER'S DEFENDERS OF JUSTICE EVENT!

ACTION FOR CHILDREN NC AND THE NC INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE RELEASE THE 2009 NORTH CAROLINA CHILD HEALTH REPORT CARD!

80,000 OLDER NORTH CAROLINIANS COULD GET EXTRA HELP FOR HEALTH COVERAGE: The NC Department of Insurance today kicked off a program to help inform older adults on Medicare that they may qualify for extra help with health premiums and deductibles, but just haven't signed up.

UPCOMING EVENTS ON HEALTH REFORM:

Student Day of Action for Health Care Reform, Thursday October 15th: On Thursday October 15th, college students on campuses all across the state will be organizing for health care reform. Students will collect petitions calling for a robust public option to ensure that health care is affordable to young workers entering the job market. If you would like to participate on your campus, please contact HAC Outreach Coordinator, Hope Marasco, at hope@ncjustice.org or (919) 863-2405.

Statewide Day of Action for Health Care Reform, Saturday October 17th: The weather might be cooling down, but health care reform is heating up in the Senate. We expect reform legislation to be on the floor of the Senate soon, and we need your help to educate your fellow North Carolinians on Saturday, October 17th. Volunteers will be going door-to-door, making phone calls, canvassing at the farmer's market, etc. educating people and asking them to sign letters and petitions to our Senators and Representatives. The following locations-Asheville, Charlotte, Durham, Raleigh, and Wilmington-- already have an event in the works, and we want to add to this list. If you would like to join an effort that's already underway or organize your own event with your organization, congregation, club, etc. please contact Hope Marasco at hope@ncjustice.org or (919) 863-2405.

Sunday, October 18, 9:30am, Health reform discussion with Rep. David Price. Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 3011 Academy Road, Durham. Hosted by Seminar Study Group. For information contact William Murray at 919-419-9460 or email bmurray@eaglealliance.com.

Tuesday, October 20, NOON to 1pm, Health Care: Whose business is it? A forum looking at our employer based health care system and the prospect of health care reform. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 607 North Greene Street, Greensboro. For more information email tkwhitacre@triad.rr.com.

Tuesday, October 20, 8:30am, Planned Parenthood media event on the importance of covering community health services in reform. Planned Parenthood Raleigh Health Center waiting room, 100 South Boylan Avenue, Raleigh. For more information contact Stephanie Shaw at 919-833-7534 ext. 6646.

Tuesday, October 20, 7pm-8pm, "In Loving Memory" service to pay respects to those who have died from our broken health care system. First Congregational Church of Christ, 20 Oak Street, Asheville (just off College Avenue at the traffic circle). For information contact Rev. Joe Hoffman at 252-8729 or Leslie Boyd at 243-6712.

Thursday, October 29, 6-8pm: Durham, Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville Rd.  -- Black Wall Street Night; Healthcare Reform...Why should small business be a part of the discussion?  Host:  The Greater Durham Black Chamber of Commerce.  Contact:  Ashley Ascott at abascott@carymadisonpartners.com.

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