March 23, 2011
By Adam Searing and Adam Linker
PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW: HOW THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HELPS WOMEN: Tomorrow at noon in Raleigh at the General Assembly Legislative Building Press Room, Representative Verla Insko (D-Orange) is holding a press conference highlighting both the promise of the new federal health law for women and how women are being helped right now by the Affordable Care Act.
Featured speakers will include:
Felicia Willems of Moms Rising: Felicia was working as a manager at Sears and her husband was in law school. Then their baby was born with a serious congenital disease that required hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical help and round-the-clock care. Felicia left work to care for her baby, but that meant she also lost her insurance.
Patricia Galu will speak about her and her daughter’s challenges in running small businesses and affording health care for their employees – challenges that will be addressed by the Affordable Care Act.
Contact: Representative Verla Insko, 919-733-7208, Verla.Insko@ncleg.net
REAL PEOPLE, REAL STORIES – ALL THIS WEEK
This week is the one-year anniversary of the passage of the health reform law. To celebrate, we have a new video every day featuring real people from around the state telling their own personal stories of a health system gone wrong and why they support the health reform law that is starting to make things better.
You can see all of them at our nchealthaccess YouTube Channel.
YESTERDAY WE FEATURED LESLIE BOYD
Leslie tells her powerful story here.
Leslie Boyd started a grassroots organization to fight for the reforms that finally happened in the Affordable Care Act. Why? Leslie’s son, Mike, suffered from a birth defect. Classified by the insurance industry as having a “pre-existing condition,” Mike’s inability to get health coverage led to his not being able to obtain critical screening tests and, eventually, his death.
On Monday, Carolyn Comeau told her story here.
GROUPS CONCERNED ABOUT NC HEALTH EXCHANGE/MARKETPLACE LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE:
NC Blue Cross is trying to take over health reform in North Carolina. But they can be stopped! The best place to find out what is happening is at the new website of the twenty-organization strong (and growing) Citizens for Responsible Health Care. Find news stories, basic information, the latest updates and a way to JOIN the NC consumer/business group working harder than anyone on this issue: