NC HEALTH REPORT: NC House Says Close Child Health Insurance Program to New Kids

May 27, 2010
Editors: Adam Searing and Adam Linker

RADIO: Representative Verla Insko - new federal NC high risk pool will benefit thousands in NC. Why? As this new report from Families USA shows - nearly 1 in 4 non-elderly North Carolinians has a "pre-existing" health condition and so can benefit from this risk pool.

VIDEO: UNC's Dr. Bill Roper on why cutting Medicaid is an "awful" idea.


Why getting every medical treatment you want may not be a good thing for your health.

Will the NC House budget really close NC's child affordable health insurance program to new children? Yesterday it looked that way. Today it's clear they will close it.

Kaiser report out yesterday - Health Reform's Medicaid expansion means billions of federal dollars coming to NC (and, by the way, nearly 40,000 jobs.)

House lets young adults remain on state health plan if their parents qualify. Why so-called "optional" services in Medicaid aren't really optional.

You are much healthier in Greensboro than Miami - on paper at least!

State health plan announces no random in-office cheek swabs to catch miscreant state employees who visit cigar bars on the weekends - at least this year.

STOP THE NC GENERAL ASSEMBLY FROM CLOSING NC'S AFFORDABLE CHILD HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM: Yes, amazingly enough in a year when NC families are suffering, the NC House has proposed a budget today that would guarantee closure to new kids of NC's affordable health insurance program. Because national health reform requirements don't kick in until 2014, NC has a three+ year window when they can cut coverage - even when, as here, the federal government is paying for 75% of the cost of the child coverage.

See our take - complete with charts here at the Progressive Pulse.

Our partner the Covenant with North Carolina's children has made it easy to take action and send an email on this to key legislators: Take Action!

HEALTHY CHILDREN ADVOCACY DAY JUNE 9TH - RALEIGH: Come down to the General Assembly to advocate for children on June 9th. Given the House's actions today, our kids sure need it. Meet with legislators, show your support. Our partners Action for Children NC are playing a leading role. Please contact our good friend Mandy Ableidinger at or 919-834-6623 x233 to meet with legislators and for more information.

SMALL BUSINESS OR NONPROFIT QUALIFY FOR HEALTH INS TAX CREDIT? WE WANT TO INTERVIEW YOU! Does it look like your small business or nonprofit will qualify for the new Health Insurance Tax credit? See the IRS guidelines on the credit. If so, we may want to interview you for our video project. If interested, just email Adam Searing ( or Adam Linker (

SANFORD PUBLIC FORUM ON MEDICAL DEBT AND HOSPITAL CARE: This forum, sponsored by HAC partner NC Fair Share, will provide working families & advocates with information about medical debt and hospital charity care policies across NC. Come learn about help that's available, hear what's happening to others in your community, share your story, and get active!

Thursday May 27th 2010 - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Lee County Health & Community Center (old Sanford Middle School) Auditorium

507 N. Steele Street, Sanford NC 27330

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Shawnette Richardson or Lynice Williams 1.866.302.0031.


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