NC HEALTH REPORT: Senator Hagan in Favor of Public Option Health Plan, Greenville Health Forum on July 23

July 8, 2009

Editors:  Adam Searing and Adam Linker
 
HEALTH ACCESS COALITION TV: Check out all our videos on HAC's  YouTube channel.
 
PROGRESSIVE PULSE:
 
Dissecting NC Blue Cross's Opposition to National Health Reform:  Yes, with your premium dollars, NC Blue Cross is making a concerted effort to derail national health reform.  They've taken aim at the public health care option plan, terrified that they'd actually have to, gulp, compete with someone else when they enjoy a 95% individual market share in NC.  Adam Linker takes you through NC Blue's anti-reform website and lays bare the paucity of their argument, the dishonesty of their claims, and the cowardice of their convictions.
 
Prostate cancer, containing costs, and the real issue with health reform.
 
Adam Linker explains what to do when you hear "prevention" being touted as the main way to save costs in health reform - and why insurance companies want to encourage this view.
 
Rob Schofield reviews movement on the NC eugenics compensation bill.
 
Senator Kay Hagan and the reason the pharmaceutical industry is running TV ads praising her work on health reform.
 
Pharmaceutical industry has spent $66.5 million in the first three months of this year lobbying on its health reform goals.  Individual health advocates have their phone and can give a call.
 
Links to the major US House and Senate health reform proposals.
 
The dismal state of dental care in NC.
 
CRUNCH TIME ON NATIONAL HEALTH REFORM:  The key Senate and House Committees have released their proposals on reforming the system.  Now the debate really begins.  These proposals will be twisted and compromised and we need to make our voices heard.  Our own Senator Kay Hagan is on the important Senate Health Committee and has a big say in the reform debate.  I hear advocates have been bombarding Senator Hagan and other members of our delegation with the message that we want health reform that works with:
 
  • 1. A real public health care plan option so we don't all have to buy NC Blue Cross. Senator Hagan has come out in FAVOR of a public option - this is great news, and she clearly has been hearing from her constituents on this issue.
  • 2. A health reform plan that has AFFORDABLE premiums for everyone - including individuals and small businesses.
 
CALL SENATOR HAGAN (1-877-852-9462 (toll free) or 202-224-6342) if you haven't yet and tell her to keep up the fight on a strong public plan option and make sure that health care is affordable under any reform plan.  Our work is clearly having an effect and we can't stop now.
 
MOVEON.ORG PETITION TO SENATOR HAGAN: Tomorrow (July 9th), Moveon.org members are rallying at Senator Hagan's Greensboro and Raleigh offices to deliver the message above on a strong public health plan option.  Sign up here to find out more.
 
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 9th 6-8PM; 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  (WE STILL HAVE A FEW SPACES LEFT - CALL HOPE TODAY)
 
A Roundtable Discussion:
Small Business Access to Health Coverage
Monday July 13, 2009, 6-8 pm
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.
 
JULY 23 GREENVILLE PUBLIC FORUM ON NATIONAL HEALTH CARE REFORM: We are working with the excellent Greenville-Pitt County Health Care Coalition to hold a public meeting on health care reform in Greenville on Thursday, July 23rd from 7-8.30PM. For questions, please contact Ray Sobel at (252) 756-6232/ramar50@yahoo.com or Hope Marasco at (919) 863-2495/ hope@ncjustice.org  Check out our flyer on the event.
 
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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