MEDIA ADVISORY: Health Access Coalition forum in Boone will discuss affordable health care for North Carolina

Health Access Coalition forum in Boone will discuss affordable health care for North Carolina

The Appalachian State event will cover topics including the State Health Plan, federal policy, and efforts to insure North Carolinians affordably

WHEN: Thursday, April 2, 2009, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Plemmons Student Union, Macrae Peak Room, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC


BOONE (April 2, 2009) --
A community forum this week at Appalachian State University will tackle pressing health care topics in North Carolina, including the affordability crisis, problems with the state health plan, and access to care.

Representatives from the NC Justice Center’s Health Access Coalition will visit Boone on April 2 for an event from 5-6:3- p.m. at Appalachian State University’s Plemmons Student Union.

The general goal for the forum is to discuss what the federal and state government can do to make health care more affordable for NC residents. Specifically, Health Access Coalition staff will discuss:

  • Problems facing the State Health Plan and potential remedies
  • A new Institute of Medicine study about the increase of North Carolina’s uninsured population from 2007 to 2009
  • The Health Access Coalition’s plan to insure all of North Carolina’s children

Besides the NC Justice Center, event sponsors include the Student Association of Social Work,  Appalachian & the Community Together, and the Institute for Health and Human Services.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Jeff Shaw, communications director, NC Justice Center, 919.863.2402 (office), 503.551.3615 (mobile); Hope Marasco, outreach coordinator, Health Access Coalition, 919.863.2405, hope@ncjustice.org.