NC HEALTH REPORT: Raleigh Parent Meeting on Sept. 23, Affordable child health options and the new health law

September 10, 2010

AT THE PROGRESSIVE PULSE:

UNC health policy expert Jon Oberlander talks with Julie Rose at WFAE on health insurance company efforts to blame rising health premiums on the new health law.

DHHS Secretary Sebelius to insurers: Stop misleading about premium increases

The disconnect between what people hear about the effectiveness of procedures like angioplasty and the reality of how much such medical care actually does.

Why there’s no magic bullet for reducing costs in health care – despite what health law opponents may want you to believe.

New study – many don’t go to a primary care doc for basic medical problems but instead head for more expensive care with specialist or in ER.

How Wisconsin fixed Medicaid for the better.

CHILD HEALTH OPTIONS: HAC HOLDING WAKE COUNTY MEETING FOR PARENTS SEPTEMBER 23

At the Raleigh Community and Safety Club we’ll be talking about options for parents to get their kids covered – both under Medicaid and Health Choice and new options under the health law. We’ll also hear from a college student who is now guaranteed coverage under his parent’s plan because of the new health law.

We want to hear people's stories and we’ll be answering questions about the new health law as well.

See the flyer for the event here.

Contact Nicole Dozier (919-856-2146 or nicole@ncjustice.org) for more information.

FAMILIES USA AND HAC CO-RELEASING NEW REPORT ON SEPT. 23 – WHO WILL GET PREMIUM TAX CREDITS IN NC AND HOW MUCH WILL THEY SAVE?

Teleconference and Release of Families USA Report, “Lower Taxes, Lower Premiums: The New Health Insurance Tax Credit in North Carolina”

WHEN: 10 a.m. EDT, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010

CONTACT: Dave Lemmon; Geraldine Henrich-Koenis; Bob Meissner (202) 628-3030

OTHER EVENTS

Alzheimer’s Association is conducting a “Memory Walk” to raise awareness and raise funds here in the Triangle. The “Memory Walk” is scheduled for Saturday, September 18th at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.  Call Jon Parker 919.880.9450

Check out regional workshops on health care for low-income populations from NC’s Care-Share Health Alliance. Register and get more information at www.caresharehealth.org or call 919-861-8353.

HAC TRAVELING STATE – SPEAKING ABOUT IMPLEMENTING HEALTH REFORM: HAC has been all over NC over the last few weeks speaking to different groups about what’s ahead with the new reform bill – and what changes NC needs to make now to protect the public from rising insurance rates before the full reform protections kick in. We have spoken to groups in Charlotte, Greensboro, Boone, Asheville, Raleigh, Sanford and elsewhere. We are happy to come speak with your group as well. Just email HAC Outreach Director Hope Marasco at hope@ncjustice.org or call 919-863-2405.

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 (adam@ncjustice.org) or Adam Linker (adam.linker@ncjustice.org).

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