MEDIA ADVISORY: New Health Care Coalition calls for pro-consumer Health Insurance Marketplace in North Carolina

MEDIA ADVISORY: New Health Care Coalition calls for pro-consumer Health Insurance Marketplace in North Carolina
Tomorrow, Wednesday March 2, Citizens for Responsible Health Care will outline what a meaningful health benefit exchange should look like – the biggest health care issue in North Carolina’s General Assembly in years.

WHO: Citizens For Responsible Health Care, a 9-group coalition of health care and consumer organizations
WHAT: A press conference 
WHEN: Wednesday, March 2, 11 a.m. 
WHERE: Outside of the NC legislative building on 16 W. Jones St.
CONTACT: Abby Carter Emanuelson, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 919.792.1006, abby.emanuelson@nmss.org
 
RALEIGH (March 2, 2011) – To improve health care for North Carolinians, the state’s Health Insurance Marketplace must offer real choice that brings down costs for individuals and small businesses – and not simply be a tool of the insurance industry.
 
With some bills threatening meaningful health care improvements for North Carolina, Citizens For Responsible Health Care will hold a press conference March 2 outlining what a meaningful, pro-consumer marketplace should look like.
 
North Carolina and other states are required by the Affordable Care Act to create "benefit exchanges" by 2014. These are meant to be online marketplaces where consumers and small business can find affordable plans. 

But insurance industry influence threatens to undermine these vital reforms. Tomorrow, the coalition will offer two principles that any meaningful health insurance marketplace must abide by:

1.     Real competition and meaningful choice to bring down costs. 
 
2.     Credibility and independence – be a tough, independent consumer watchdog.
 
Members of coalition groups will be available for media comment.
 
CITIZENS FOR RESPONSIBLE HEALTH CARE MEMBER GROUPS
AARP North Carolina
Action for Children North Carolina
American Cancer Society
Covenant with North Carolina’s Children
Disability Rights North Carolina
Hemophilia of North Carolina
National Multiple Sclerosis Society – North Carolina Chapters
North Carolina Justice Center
North Carolina State AFL-CIO
 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Abby Carter Emanuelson, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 919.792.1006, abby.emanuelson@nmss.orgAdam Searing, Project Director, North Carolina Health Access Coalition, adam@ncjustice.org,  (919) 856-2568; Jeff Shaw, Director of Communications, NC Justice Center, jeff@ncjustice.org, 503.551.3615.