February 21, 2020Thank you for your continued interest in state government. I hope you will contact me if I can be of help. Keep in touch,*Please remember that you can listen to each day’s session, committee meetings and press conferences on the General Assembly’s website at www.ncleg.gov Once on the site, select “Audio,” and then make your selection – House Chamber, Senate Chamber, Appropriations Committee Room or Press Conference Room.
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Helpful LinksNC General AssemblySiX (State Innovation Exchange)NC Justice CenterSpecial Report: Altered State THE RALEIGH REPORTFebruary 21, 2020
North Carolina Health Care Facts from the Kaiser Health Foundation
·North Carolina is the 9th largest state, with a population of 10,044,400 in 2018.
·33.5% of North Carolina residents had incomes below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level in 2018, which was larger than the US share (30.4%).
·In North Carolina, there were 1,081,000 uninsured people in 2018; the uninsured rate was 12.9%, higher than the uninsured rate for the US overall (10.4%).
·Medicaid and CHIP provide health and long-term care coverage to more than 70 million low-income children, pregnant women, adults, seniors, and people with disabilities across the US. Total Medicaid and CHIP enrollment in North Carolina was 1,730,800 in November 2019.
·Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), people can purchase non-group coverage and may qualify for premium tax credit assistance through health insurance marketplaces.o During 2019, about 447,680 North Carolina residents enrolled in a plan through the marketplace.o About 94% of these enrollees received an advanced premium tax credit to help them pay their premium.
·Employer-sponsored insurance is the largest source of health coverage in the nation, covering 157,299,500 people in the US.o The average annual premium for employer-sponsored coverage for families in 2018 was $18,211 in North Carolina, lower than the US average premium ($19,565).o The average deductible for private-sector employees enrolled in family coverage in 2018 was $3,752 in North Carolina, higher than the US average ($3,392).
·Medicare is a federal health insurance program that covers people age 65 and older and younger adults with long-term disabilities. In 2018, there were 1,966,300 Medicare beneficiaries in North Carolina.
Level of uninsured North Carolinians reached 13% in 2018 according to reportWinston-Salem Journal
State Health Care Snapshots: North CarolinaKaiser Health Foundation
Waynesville takes symbolic stand in Medicaid expansionThe Mountaineer
1 in 4 rural hospitals is vulnerable to closure, a new report findsVox
Our Opinion: Saving black babiesNews & Record
Voting Information for March PrimaryEarly voting for the March 3rd primary is now underway.· In-Person Early Voting Information for all 100 counties· Find the In-Person Early Voting locations in your county· You can register to vote at an Early Voting location.
Registered Democrats may vote in the Democratic primary. Registered Republicans may vote in the Republican primary. Voters who are registered Unaffiliated may choose either the Democratic or Republican primary to participate in.
Voters are not required to show photo ID for the primary because of a federal court order.
Another court blocks NC voter ID law, citing ‘racially discriminatory intent’The News & Observer
NC Court of Appeals throws out voter photo ID for now, says law likely passed with discriminatory intentNC Policy Watch
Other NewsActor Ruffalo visits North Carolina on anti-pollution effortAssociated Press
Mark Ruffalo wants you to think about PFAS. Here’s how the chemicals are affecting NCThe News & Observer
Group says NC must take ‘immediate action’ to provide students a sound basic educationThe News & Observer
Editorial: Heed the judge and really make public education the priorityCapital Broadcasting Company
Here’s how NC can cut climate pollution from vehicles by 2025WRAL Tech Wire
ECU trustee resigns and suggests NC House Speaker Tim Moore wants ECU chancellor jobCharlotte Observer
Reforms in Child Protective Services needed, NC legislative study saysCarolina Public Press
Gov. Cooper At Business Roundtable: State Needs To Build A Skilled WorkforceWFAE
Gov. Cooper leads roundtable on economic growth, NC growing workforce initiativesWNCT
State sets up robocall reporting hotlineWITN
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