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mcblog2Lots of the discussion around the abortion bill (S353) Gov. McCrory says he will break his campaign pledge and sign has focused on the extensive new regulations aimed at health clinics providing abortion services that are aimed at putting the clinics out of business.  There is another part of the bill however that will affect all women in NC who decide to buy private health insurance plans through NC’s new health exchange established as part of national health reform.

With this bill McCrory and NC legislators will prevent women, who are buying health plans in the health exchange with their own money, from choosing to buy health plans that cover abortion services.   Read More

When Governor McCrory and the NC General Assembly rejected federal money under the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid to 500,000 lower-income North Carolinians, they also sent back a $74 million grant NC had already received to help advertise and enroll more moderate-income people in the new NC Health Exchange.  This is where people buying insurance on their own who don’t qualify for Medicaid will get tax credits to buy affordable health plans.  In states like Oregon where they accepted federal money to expand Medicaid and get the word out about affordable coverage advertising is already starting:

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One final thought:  States like Oregon are thanking states like NC profusely.  NC citizens are now sending their federal tax dollars that used to be marked for making insurance affordable in NC to Oregon and other states now moving forward with the Affordable Care Act.