health care

State Treasurer Dale Folwell: Reckless and Uncaring

Do you know what the state treasurer does or who he is?

Republican Dale Folwell frequently made the news during his first term as state treasurer for his recklessnessand incompetence. His poor management of the state pension fund could cost teachers, retired state employees and taxpayers more than $350 million in tax returns. He offered a COVID-19 testing contract to a company that lied about its technology without speaking to any other companies. In both instances, Folwell ignored the advice of professional staff and hired unqualified friends to run crucial programs.

Additionally, Folwell’s tenure as treasurer has been marked by his determination to deny North Carolinians basic rights like access to health care and safe, secure housing.

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15 Legislative Actions That Leave North Carolina Workers Disenfranchised

On July 20th North Carolina workers joined workers across the nation to Strike for Black Lives. Though the strike itself only spanned a single day, the demands are still available and applicable. The demands set forth by this strike would benefit all North Carolinians - though they originate…

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For a Safer Reopening, Apply Legislative Support: A Look at Unemployment and Worker Protections in North Carolina

 The North Carolina General Assembly just wrapped up their regularly scheduled short session, leaving us with a set of bills that put North Carolinians at risk for exposure to COVID-19 and few bills that protect North Carolinians from the negative health and financial impacts of this pa…

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Here are some of the ways Republican-rule has worsened the impact of COVID-19 for North Carolinians

Last week the General Assembly passed a historic, bipartisan, first-step relief package to help North Carolina recover from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, a headline in the News & Observer pointed out that the package did not expand Medicaid or jobless benefits. Lawmakers said they wanted to avoid these controversial issues in order to pass this legislation quickly, but the exclusion of those potentially lifesaving expansions is part of a dangerous trend Republicans have established since taking control of the legislature in 2011.

Click here to learn more about these harmful policy decisions.

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Get the latest on Coronavirus in NC

Following Gov. Cooper’s emergency declaration last Tuesday, State health officials have continued to keep North Carolinians updated on the status of COVD-19, or Coronavirus, in the state. Here’s what you need to know from North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and where you can go for more information.Where to find out more information as this develops:

  • NCDHHS updates this webpage regularly with the latest information.
  • NCDHHS has set up a call center for 24/7 guidance on COVID-19, to access it call 866-462-3821.

 

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Video: Missing the “Who” in Health Care

This week Real Facts NC launched a documentary series, Missing Us. The series focuses on capturing the effects of legislative decisions on the lives of North Carolinians through storytelling. The first installment highlights Greensboro resident Ali Collins and how, as a Black queer and trans person, his preexisting conditions make it harder for him to access health care. Future installments will cover health care from different perspectives.

On September 11, after telling Democrats and reporters that no votes would occur, Republican House Speaker Tim Moore called for a surprise vote in the House to override a veto of a budget that did not include Medicaid expansion. Most Democratic members were not present. House Republicans now say they’ll move forward with a plan that would expand Medicaid, but by tacking work requirements and premiums onto health care plans.

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Video: Missing Us: Real Facts NC Documentary Series Illuminates Pitfalls of Health Care Access

Heath care access has been central to conversations about North Carolina politics. In addition to the surprise passing of the state budget, bills like S86, which aims to provide coverage for small businesses, trade associations, and other groups of professionals who are in the same industry or line of work through what’s called an “association health plan,”leaving health care coverage for many North Carolinians in limbo. Current counter-proposal legislation from the NC GOP adds work requirements. Additionally, new prerequisites to Medicaid access in the state budget could leave residents seeking care without essential benefits and North Carolinians with pre-existing conditions without equal access. Bills and proposals like these could undermine the DHHS’ ability to “protect people’s health and safety.” Access is already a struggle for people with pre-existing conditions, many of whom already suffer from a lack of safety and health care access.

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Surprise vote is new low for House Republicans desperate to deny heath care for 500,000 people.

  Deb Butler does not yield. (from John Autry on Vimeo.) What just happened? Why is everyone freaking out?  In an early morning session, the North Carolina House, under the direction of Speaker Tim Moore, overrode Gov. Cooper’s budget veto in a surprise vote. What budge…

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While we’ve been waiting on Tim Moore to realize he doesn’t have the budget votes, House Republicans keep failing North Carolinians on health care.

Last week Rep. Brandon Lofton (D-Mecklenburg) tried to amend an omnibus health care bill that changes several laws regulating different aspects of the broad health care industry. His amendment, which would have increased price transparency for prescription drugs, was ruled out of order. 

At a time when drug prices for many North Carolinians are skyrocketing, Republicans voted down one method of mitigating increased costs.
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