Medicaid Expansion

Thom Tillis staffer tells cancer survivor that people only deserve health care if they can afford it

Thom Tillis staffer tells cancer survivor that people only deserve health care if they can afford it

September 16, 2020
Salon.com

Summary: Salon.com covers the ongoing story of Bev Veals and her harrowing interactions with the office of Senator Thom Tillis. Veals, the North Carolinian and three-time cancer survivor, reached out to her senator, fearing that her health insurance was at risk. Instead of getting a helping hand, she had an extremely difficult conversation with a […]

NC’s rural provider shortage persists despite decades of efforts

NC’s rural provider shortage persists despite decades of efforts

September 16, 2020
NORTH CAROLINA HEALTH NEWS

Summary: North Carolina Health News takes an in-depth look at the ongoing problem of North Carolina’s shortage of healthcare providers in rural areas. Rural NC communities have long had problems attracting medical professionals or retaining them after certain loan repayment benefits run out. Despite state and federal programs designed to help keep needed health care […]

Cancer survivor pleading for help with health insurance ‘angry and hurt’ over Tillis staffer’s response

Cancer survivor pleading for help with health insurance ‘angry and hurt’ over Tillis staffer’s response

September 16, 2020
WRAL RALEIGH • DURHAM • FAYETTEVILLE 

Summary: WRAL has breaking news that is shocking and disappointing. A staffer for Thom Tillis told a constituent and cancer survivor that healthcare was like an expensive shirt; “Yeah, just like if I want to go to the store and buy a new dress shirt. If I can’t afford that dress shirt, I don’t get […]

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. 

Health care experts say pandemic exposed disparities in system
Cohen: Coronavirus magnifies ‘cracks’ in NC’s health care system
NC’s rural, mental health care ‘in dire straits’ due to virus outbreak

NC’s rural, mental health care ‘in dire straits’ due to virus outbreak

April 14, 2020
WRAL

Summary: Laura Leslie provides in-depth coverage of a statehouse working group hearing from health care experts about the impacts of coronavirus in North Carolina. Hospitals that were having financial troubles before are facing even steeper challenges. An already strained mental health system may see an increase in need, and already struggling rural hospitals are seeing […]

Medicaid study shows expansion states have slightly lower health declines

Medicaid study shows expansion states have slightly lower health declines

January 8, 2020
Winston Salem-Journal

SUMMARY: North Carolina is currently one of 14 states that have not moved forward with Medicaid expansion including seven in the southeast. A recent study by a nonpartisan peer-review journal, Health Affairs, reveals that the other states in our region who have expanded eligibility are having better health outcomes. The study reports that non-elderly low-income […]

Rural and safety net hospitals prepare for cut in federal support
Report: Medicaid expansion could have saved 1,400 in state

Report: Medicaid expansion could have saved 1,400 in state

November 6, 2019
Winston-Salem Journal By Richard Craver

Summary: Recent coverage in the Winston-Salem Journal highlights some shocking statistics coming out of a recent study from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. We are accustomed to seeing research that shows the harm that has been done to North Carolinians physical and economic health by being one of only 16 states that have […]