Health Care

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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Millions of vulnerable Americans likely to fall off Medicaid once the federal public health emergency ends

By Alanna Joyner / March 14, 2022 / Comments Off on Millions of vulnerable Americans likely to fall off Medicaid once the federal public health emergency ends

With the federal public health emergency ending next month, up to 16 million Americans, including children, may lose Medicaid coverage unless the expanded health care coverage is extended.  Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed in March 2020, states were prevented from removing Medicaid recipients from the program – giving millions of Americans health…

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North Carolina Lawmakers Eye Path to Long-Awaited Medicaid Expansion

By Alanna Joyner / February 22, 2022 / Comments Off on North Carolina Lawmakers Eye Path to Long-Awaited Medicaid Expansion

On Friday, a newly formed committee met to discuss Medicaid expansion amid nursing shortages and struggling rural hospitals around the state. The new panel of state lawmakers studying the potential for an expansion of health care access to the more than 500,000 North Carolinians who don’t have health insurance comes after decades of stalemates surrounding…

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House budget writers adopt the extreme view that NC constitution is optional

By Alanna Joyner / August 16, 2021 / Comments Off on House budget writers adopt the extreme view that NC constitution is optional

Last week, the Republican-led state House unveiled it’s 600+ page budget that falls short of truly investing in North Carolina. House lawmakers voted 72 to 41 on Thursday to give final approval to their $25.7 billion budget plan that prioritizes tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy while ignoring the needs in education, public health…

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CDC announces limited, targeted eviction moratorium until early October

By Alanna Joyner / August 4, 2021 / Comments Off on CDC announces limited, targeted eviction moratorium until early October

On Tuesday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new eviction moratorium amid the rising spread of the delta variant,saying that evicting people could be detrimental to public health and would interfere with efforts to slow the pandemic. This comes after the previous federal and state eviction moratoriums ended last weekend — …

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Amid Medicaid’s 56th Anniversary, Red state Medicaid expansion momentum continues to grow

By Alanna Joyner / July 27, 2021 / Comments Off on Amid Medicaid’s 56th Anniversary, Red state Medicaid expansion momentum continues to grow

This Friday, July 30, marks the 56th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing into law the amendment that created Medicare and Medicaid. For 56 years, Medicaid has helped make health care affordable and accessible for millions across the country.  Despite the benefits, several states, including North Carolina, continue to halt the expansion of the…

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