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June AtkinsonNC Policy Watch is excited to announce our next Crucial Conversation luncheon:

What’s next for our public schools? A conversation with June Atkinson, North Carolina’s Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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When: Wednesday, August 21 at 12:00 p.m. — Box Lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m.

Where: Center for Community Leadership Training Room at the Junior League of Raleigh Building, 711 Hillsborough St. (at the corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s streets)

Cost: $10—includes a box lunch.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from Dr. Atkinson at this important point in state history.

Space is limited – pre-registration required.

Questions?? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or rob@ncpolicywatch.com

 

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A small number of seats remain for tomorrow’s Crucial Conversation luncheon:

“The truth about North Carolina’s Medicaid program: Why it’s not ‘broken’ or in need of privatization”

The event will  feature one of the nation’s most knowledgeable experts on health care policy: Ron Pollack, Executive Director of the Washington, DC-based research and advocacy organization, Families USA.

Hope you can join us!

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The editorial page of Raleigh’s News & Observer tells it like it is this morning in this editorial about North Carolina’s misguided decision not to expand Medicaid.

“The Republicans’ reasons for opting out vary, but the effect is same: A forgoing of federal funds that will leave many low-income people uninsured and will cost the state and hospitals more for uncompensated care. Those consequences did not stop North Carolina and 14 other states – all with Republican governors – from refusing to participate.

Now a new report by the RAND Corp. shows how colossal is the cost of this obstinacy. The report, published in the June edition of Health Affairs, looked at 14 states whose governors were opposed to expanding the Medicaid program as of April 25. The costs will likely be higher because at least one more state has joined the holdouts and several are still weighing going that route.”

To learn more about this subject, be sure to register for next Tuesday’s Crucial Conversation luncheon with national Medicaid expert Ron Pollack of the advocacy group Families USA. Seats are going fast!

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NC Policy Watch and the Health Advocacy Team at the North Carolina Justice Center are proud to announce a very special and timely Crucial Conversation luncheon,

The truth about North Carolina’s Medicaid program: Why it’s not “broken” or in need of privatization

featuring one of the nation’s most knowledgeable experts on health care policy: Ron Pollack, Executive Director of the Washington, DC-based research and advocacy organization, Families USA.

Click here to register.

Background: Hardly a day goes by of late in which Gov. McCrory, House Speaker Tillis, Senate President Pro Tem Berger or some other conservative leader doesn’t allege that Medicaid, North Carolina’s health care program for poor people, is “broken.” In speech after speech, event after event, media appearance after media appearance, conservative state leaders repeat the same mantra: To rein in “out-of-control” spending, Medicaid must be fundamentally altered so that it is a program based on “choice,” “efficiency” and “competition.”

Why you should care: Though superficially appealing, there’s one big problem with the conservative talking points: They are demonstrably false. The truth of the matter is that Read More