As was pointed out in this morning’s edition of the Weekly Briefing (“THE issue of the 2019 session”), an important event will take place today in the home district of Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger. You can also watch the event as it happens or later, if that’s more convenient, on Facebook.
Here’s the announcement from the good people at the N.C. Justice Center’s Health Advocacy Project:
MEDIA ADVISORY: “A Tale of Two States”—Doctors, patients make case for Medicaid expansion in North Carolina
WHAT: Press conference
WHO: Doctors, patients, community advocates from Rockingham County
WHEN: Tuesday, January 29, 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Hospital Simulation Room, Owens Human Services Building on Rockingham Community College Campus, 562 County Home Road in Reidsville, NC. Parking will be available in parking lot “E”. See campus map for directions.
A day before the NC General Assembly convenes in Raleigh, the NC Justice Center will hold a press conference with doctors, patients, and community advocates from the border communities of Rockingham County, NC, and Danville, Va., to make the case for why North Carolina should expand Medicaid.
Last year Virginia became the 33rd state to expand Medicaid and has just begun to reap the benefits of expansion with more than 200,000 Virginians enrolled for coverage. After five years of inaction on Medicaid Expansion, the Tar Heel state has the 6th highest uninsured population in the nation, leading to poor health outcomes, soaring medical debt, and ultimately lives lost.
“For more than 30 years, I have watched my patients with no insurance pay a terrible price,” said Dr. Stephen Luking, a family physician who has practiced medicine in Rockingham County for 30 years. “I’ve seen women die of invasive breast cancer and cervical cancer when they couldn’t afford mammograms and preventive checkups. I’ve hospitalized patients who stopped their medicines so they could pay other bills.”
Just over the border, our neighbors are seeing a brighter future. Read more