Vidant Health Announces Furloughs, Pay Cuts Due To COVID-19

Vidant Health Announces Furloughs, Pay Cuts Due To COVID-19

April 23, 2020
WUNC North Carolina Public Radio

Summary: In addition to the human toll and the strain the coronavirus pandemic is causing in our health care system, there are other problems coming to light. North Carolina Public Radio reports that Vidant Health is having significant financial stress that is being intensified by coronavirus. Vidant has had to furlough employees, cut salaries, and […]

In Black Communities’ Fight Against COVID-19, The Real ‘Pre-Existing Condition’ Is Poverty

In Black Communities’ Fight Against COVID-19, The Real ‘Pre-Existing Condition’ Is Poverty

April 22, 2020
WUNC North Carolina Public Radio

Summary: In-depth coverage from North Carolina Public Radio about the disproportionately high rates of coronavirus cases and deaths in black communities. Through interviews with experts and analysis of North Carolina and national data, a heartbreaking picture develops about how existing health disparities are being made even worse during the coronavirus.

A Potentially Deadly Case of Sticker Shock

May 11, 2020

Summary: It’s a potentially deadly case of sticker shock. A North Carolina doctor tells us that Senator Thom Tillis’ votes to allow insurance companies to stop covering prescription drugs could have been devastating. “I spend at least a third of my day trying to help patients get the medicine they need – but they simply […]

Sen. Tillis should fight for public health, not his Big Pharma donors’ profits

Sen. Tillis should fight for public health, not his Big Pharma donors’ profits

April 29, 2020
North Carolina Policy Watch

Summary: Senator Thom Tillis received over $150,000 from the pharmaceutical industry for his campaign in 2019, and ranked first in Congress for donations from political action committees associated with drug companies. Margarida Jorge and Pat McCoy write a stinging analysis of the dangerous impacts on public policy due to the outsized influence of Big Pharma.

No end in sight to rising drug prices, study finds

No end in sight to rising drug prices, study finds

May 1, 2019
NBC News

SUMMARY: Studies are showing what many North Carolinians already know: prescription drug prices continue to rise. NBC News reports in-depth on a Scripps Research Translational Institute study that shows the actual increase in drug prices over a six-year period from 2012-2017. Among the urgent finds were that across the most common prescription drugs the average increase […]

How Medicare Cuts Will Hurt Seniors

How Medicare Cuts Will Hurt Seniors

July 27, 2019
Verywell Health

SUMMARY: Coverage from Verywell Health shows how 2016 campaign promises by Donald Trump to preserve Medicare have proven to be hollow. The Trump administration has proposed legislation cutting funding for Medicare, but it’s not just the White House.  Republicans in Congress have plans to change Medicare as we know it and their tax bill very […]

House GOP 2019 budget calls for deep Medicare, Medicaid spending cuts

House GOP 2019 budget calls for deep Medicare, Medicaid spending cuts

June 19, 2018
The Hill

SUMMARY: Funding for health care for poor, older and disabled Americans was on the chopping block when the House Republicans offered their budget proposal. Proposed cuts included $537 billion from Medicare, and $1.5 trillion from Medicaid and other health programs. Additionally, the proposal moves toward privatizing Medicare, and imposing new caps on Medicaid.  The budget’s […]

Coronavirus gains a foothold in rural North Carolina

Coronavirus gains a foothold in rural North Carolina

May 7, 2020
North Carolina Health News

Summary: In-depth analysis from North Carolina Health News of the coronavirus outbreak in Columbus County highlights the difficulties North Carolinians in rural areas are facing. As of May 4th, Columbus County had the highest coronavirus rate amongst all rural counties which already suffer from lessened access to care and worse health care outcomes on average.