Health Care

President Biden coming to Raleigh this week to encourage COVID vaccination efforts

By Alanna Joyner / June 25, 2021 / Comments Off on President Biden coming to Raleigh this week to encourage COVID vaccination efforts

On Thursday, President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit Raleigh as part of his continued efforts to encourage people across the country to get vaccinated. This marks President Biden’s first visit to North Carolina since taking office. The North Carolina visit comes as part of President Biden’s “National Month of Action,” a nationwide effort by…

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The Progressive Pulse: Democrats decry racial health disparities in their renewed push for Medicaid expansion

By Alanna Joyner / April 14, 2021 / Comments Off on The Progressive Pulse: Democrats decry racial health disparities in their renewed push for Medicaid expansion

Last week, state Democrats renewed their calls for Medicaid expansion in an effort to address the state’s long-standing racial health disparities and to help out the state’s economic recovery from the pandemic.  Under President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, the state would receive more than $1.7 billion in federal funding in addition to incentives targeted at…

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The Washington Post: The GOP’s anti-transgender bills are ignorance in action

By Alanna Joyner / April 13, 2021 / Comments Off on The Washington Post: The GOP’s anti-transgender bills are ignorance in action

Five years after the state’s notorious House Bill 2 or HB2, Republican legislators are back with a slew of discriminatory bills that targets the state’s transgender and gender-nonconforming communities. North Carolina’s Senate Bill 514, Senate Bill 515, and House Bill 358 mirrors the rising trend of transphobic legislation across the country, blatantly attacking gender-affirming healthcare,…

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The federal pandemic relief bill contains a big carrot to expand Medicaid. Will North Carolina bite?

By Alanna Joyner / March 23, 2021 / Comments Off on The federal pandemic relief bill contains a big carrot to expand Medicaid. Will North Carolina bite?

Today marks the 11th anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — a law that reformed the health care system and allowed more than 20 million Americans to gain coverage. Although the law passed over a decade ago, North Carolina remains one of the 12 states that have not adopted Medicaid expansion…

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President Biden signs historic $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief bill

By Alanna Joyner / March 15, 2021 / Comments Off on President Biden signs historic $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief bill

President Biden signed a sweeping $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package into law on Thursday, delivering a massive amount of much-needed federal aid for working families, essential workers and individuals who have been impacted by the financial devastation the pandemic has caused.  “This legislation is about giving the backbone of this nation — the essential workers,…

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NC lawmakers unanimously pass $1.7B pandemic relief package in 4 days

By Alanna Joyner / March 8, 2021 / Comments Off on NC lawmakers unanimously pass $1.7B pandemic relief package in 4 days

Last week, the Republican-led North Carolina General Assembly passed it’s COVID-19 relief package. The NC House Bill (HB) 196 appropriated the remaining $1.7 billion in federal money that was allocated to North Carolina in the Congressional relief package passed in December. In a process that lacked transparency in ensuring equitable allocation of public dollars, the…

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Burr, Tillis vote against Biden’s massive COVID-19 relief package as it passes Senate

By Alanna Joyner / March 8, 2021 / Comments Off on Burr, Tillis vote against Biden’s massive COVID-19 relief package as it passes Senate

Senate Democrats passed their version of the near $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act on Saturday, but not before making some major changes from the version of the bill passed by the House last week. The bill includes $1,400 stimulus checks for many Americans, extended federal unemployment benefits, billions for K-12 schools, billions for state…

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The News & Observer: Congress has a new way to push states to expand Medicaid. Will it work in NC?

By Alanna Joyner / March 1, 2021 / Comments Off on The News & Observer: Congress has a new way to push states to expand Medicaid. Will it work in NC?

President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion pandemic rescue plan, approved on Saturday by the House, includes an incentive for states to expand Medicaid by providing additional federal funding for their entire Medicaid program, not just those eligible under expansion. North Carolina is one of 12 states nationally that has not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care…

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School reopening: Legislative leaders are simply too cheap to do it right

By Alanna Joyner / February 16, 2021 / Comments Off on School reopening: Legislative leaders are simply too cheap to do it right

Last week, N.C. House lawmakers approved a bill for K-12 school districts to offer partial in-person instruction, but the Senate did not agree to send it to the governor due to recent changes made to the proposal. The changes included allowing educators to receive special accommodations that could allow them to continue teaching remotely if…

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N.C. General Assembly Debate School Reopening, COVID-19 Relief

By Alanna Joyner / February 9, 2021 / Comments Off on N.C. General Assembly Debate School Reopening, COVID-19 Relief

Last Thursday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper laid out his budget recommendations for COVID-19 relief spending, which includes one time bonuses for teachers and school personnel, recovery for businesses and further efforts to stop the spread of the virus. Cooper’s budget recommendations for allocating federal funding comes as the Republican-led General Assembly already passed an…

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