NC HEALTH REPORT: Attend Small Business Roundtables - Pittsboro, Greensboro

July 1, 2009

Editors:  Adam Searing and Adam Linker
 
HEALTH ACCESS COALITION TV: Check out all our videos on HAC's YouTube channel.
 
VIDEO: Speaking with the amazing Cooley family - why Medicaid is critical for children with disabilities. The real people behind the glib talk of budget cuts and "tightening our belts."
 
VIDEO: Famous economist Uwe Reinhardt on why health reform is critical for a family making $70,000 a year. Hint - they won't be able to afford health coverage if we don't contain costs.
 
VIDEO: His eyes might look like a raccoon's, but see Adam explain to Todd Morman why a public health plan option is critical for people in NC.
 
PROGRESSIVE PULSE:
 
NC Blue Cross is either the monopoly or the dominant insurer in NC markets.  When most people have one or two real choices of plans there is no reason for those health insurers to keep costs down.  That's one main reason we need a public health care plan option in national reform.  NC Blue enjoys in our state:
And you wonder why no one can say anything when they give their CEO a $750,000 raise to $3.99 million.
Three op-eds on what a public health plan option is, how it would work, and why we need it to control costs in health reform.
 
Al Franken joins Kay Hagan on Senate Health Committee considering health reform.
 
Blue Cross lobbyist in the clear.
 
Small businessman Lou Meyers on the health care rally in Washington, DC.
 
Senator Hagan's position on a public option health plan is unclear and confusing.
 
Here's where our members of Congress stand on the public health care plan option.
 
Connections between Senate Democrats considering national health reform on the Senate Finance Committee and the health care industry.
 
SMALL BUSINESS ROUNDTABLES ON HEALTH REFORM: HAC is holding two dinner roundtables where small business owners and workers are invited to talk about health reform. Bring your appetite for good food and good conversation about the challenges small businesses face in trying to purchase health insurance for themselves and their employees.
Contact Hope Marasco (hope@ncjustice.org) for more information and to register:
 
Thursday, July 9, 6 p.m. -8 p.m.
Pittsboro -- RAFI-USA's Dan Pollitt Conference Center, 274 Pittsboro Elementary School Road
A free dinner will be provided by Angelina's Kitchen (local food with a Greek twist).
Please RSVP to hope@ncjustice.org by Monday July 6th.
 
A Roundtable Discussion:
Small Business Access to Health Coverage
Monday July 13, 2009, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Moses Cone Health System
Administrative Services Building
Board Room 101
721 Green Valley Road
Greensboro, NC  27408
Please RSVP to hope@ncjustice.org by Thursday July 9th at 5pm.
 
HEALTH ACCESS COALITION MEETING - SAVE-THE-DATE:  On Monday, September 21st from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, the Health Access Coalition will hold a meeting at the new AARP-NC office on 1511 Sunday Drive, Ste. 312 in Raleigh.  Remember, if you are unable to attend the meeting in person, we now have call-in capability.  It's not too early to let us know if you are planning to attend in person or via telephone.  RSVP to Nicole Dozier (nicole@ncjustice.org) if you are a HAC member or are interested in attending and joining HAC.
 
TROUBLE WITH A HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN?  The NC Attorney General's Managed Care Patient Assistance Program has helped thousands of people having trouble with their health insurance companies.  They get results and they are there to help all North Carolinians.
 
FREE OR LOW COST HEALTH CARE RESOURCE:  The NC Institute of Medicine maintains an excellent resource for information about how to get health care in NC if you don't have much money.
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