Health Care

Future of abortion in NC hinges on just a handful of legislative races

By Patrick Zarcone / September 30, 2022 / Comments Off on Future of abortion in NC hinges on just a handful of legislative races

Voters need to know that every state Senate and House race this fall is going to be integral to keeping abortion legal in North Carolina.

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New Biden administration rule will give some pregnant veterans, beneficiaries abortion access, even in states where it’s banned

By Patrick Zarcone / September 16, 2022 / Comments Off on New Biden administration rule will give some pregnant veterans, beneficiaries abortion access, even in states where it’s banned

“Offering this care will save Veterans’ health and lives, and there is nothing more important than that,” said Dr. Shereef Elnahal, the VA’s undersecretary for health.

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North Carolina’s reinstated 20-week abortion ban will have far-reaching impact on those in need of reproductive care

By Patrick Zarcone / August 26, 2022 / Comments Off on North Carolina’s reinstated 20-week abortion ban will have far-reaching impact on those in need of reproductive care

Although most abortion procedures don’t occur after 20 weeks, those that do are often because of serious, potentially life-threatening health emergencies – and now that care is being criminalized.

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Tillis, Burr vote in favor of keeping insulin costs high for the average American

By Patrick Zarcone / August 12, 2022 / Comments Off on Tillis, Burr vote in favor of keeping insulin costs high for the average American

According to NBC News, 43 Republican senators – including Tillis and Sen. Richard Burr – voted against capping insulin prices at $35 for private insurers as part of the Inflation Reduction Act.

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Democrats pass signature legislation addressing climate change, health care, taxes

By Patrick Zarcone / August 12, 2022 / Comments Off on Democrats pass signature legislation addressing climate change, health care, taxes

While many critical investments are needed, this bill marks one of the many steps to tackle climate change, make health care affordable and ensure corporations are paying their fair share.

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Medicaid Expansion Passes N.C. Senate

By Alanna Joyner / June 6, 2022 / Comments Off on Medicaid Expansion Passes N.C. Senate

Last week, the North Carolina Senate voted to expand Medicaid to North Carolinians who are currently without health care coverage. With a 44-2 vote, the bipartisan-backed measure has moved forward amid a decade long standstill that has left more than half a million North Carolinians without access to affordable health care. Since 2013, the expanded…

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New report ranks North Carolina 44th in spending per student

By Alanna Joyner / May 23, 2022 / Comments Off on New report ranks North Carolina 44th in spending per student

A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau ranks North Carolina 44th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia in spending per student.  According to the report, in fiscal year 2020, North Carolina provided $9,958 per student, compared to the national average of $13,494. When adjusted for inflation, The Pulse found that the…

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Communities across the nation protest amid Supreme Court draft opinion on Roe V. Wade

By Eleanore Wood / May 9, 2022 / Comments Off on Communities across the nation protest amid Supreme Court draft opinion on Roe V. Wade

A draft opinion, revealing that the Supreme Court plans to dismantle the fundamental right to abortion and overturn nearly 50 years of precedent, has been met with a wave of protests across the country.  The draft, which was published by Politico on Monday, is not final but has prompted communities, activists, lawmakers and governors, including…

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U.S. House passes bill to cap insulin prices

By Alanna Joyner / April 5, 2022 / Comments Off on U.S. House passes bill to cap insulin prices

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill with a bipartisan vote that would limit the monthly price of insulin to $35 for insured patients – helping millions of Americans and North Carolinians living with diabetes. According to the Health Care Cost Institute, between 2012 and 2016, the price of insulin almost doubled.…

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Affordable Care Act Anniversary Highlights Need for NC Medicaid Expansion

By Alanna Joyner / March 24, 2022 / Comments Off on Affordable Care Act Anniversary Highlights Need for NC Medicaid Expansion

Yesterday marked the 12-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) being signed into law. For the past decade, the landmark health law has expanded health care coverage to millions of Americans, lowered costs and secured lifesaving protections for hard-working families across the country. Despite the overwhelming benefits and added critical protections, North Carolina remains…

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