Tom Campbell: Three words you seldom hear from politicians – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Gate Keeper response: I totally agree. They don’t want to hear them trues. They just lie, lie, lie just like that other guy on the national level!

Three words you almost never hear from politicians is “I was wrong.” I’m not one, but can admit that on the subject of Medicaid expansion I was wrong. Now our legislature should do the same.

When The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010 there were many questions about whether it would stand court tests, how it would be implemented and how well it would work. One of the provisions of ACA or Obamacare was that those with income levels of less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level would be included in the expansion of Medicaid.

Three words you almost never hear from politicians is “I was wrong.” I’m not one, but can admit that on the subject of Medicaid expansion I was wrong. Now our legislature should do the same.

When The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010 there were many questions about whether it would stand court tests, how it would be implemented and how well it would work. One of the provisions of ACA or Obamacare was that those with income levels of less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level would be included in the expansion of Medicaid. (Read more)

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Event set to offer assistance with ACA – Rocky Mount Telegram

Regional residents in need of health insurance will have a chance Monday to receive help in enrolling in the Affordable Care Act.

Experts will be on hand during the Regional Health Information fair and Affordable Care Act Enrollment to provide in-person assistance.

The fair opens at 9 a.m. and runs to 1 p.m. at the Edgecombe County Industrial Incubator at 110 Fountain Park Drive, in Battleboro.

The event is open to the public and will serve residents in Edgecombe, Nash, Wilson, Halifax and Northhampton counties.

Consumers can walk in and receive face-to-face help with the application process.

The event is sponsored by the Turning Point Workforce Development Board, the N.C. Works Career Center and Nash UNC Health Care, among others. (Sourced: Read more)

Obamacare decision turns Roberts from conservative dream to nightmare – MSNBC

John Roberts has officially fallen from grace.

For ten years, the 60-year-old chief justice of the nation’s highest court was considered a conservative darling, consistently advancing the right’s agenda with major rulings on issues such as campaign finance, religious freedom, reproductive rights, guns, and race.

But this term has seen a remarkable shift to the left for the Roberts court. And for many conservatives, the chief justice’s decision on Thursday to side with the liberal wing in upholding a key provision of the Affordable Care Act – for the second time – marked the ultimate act of betrayal. (Source: Read more)

Affordable Healthcare Act Deadline Extended in North Carolina – Camel City Dispatch

On Friday, February 20th Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a special enrollment period for individuals and families who were not able to obtain health coverage in 2014 and are subject to the fee or “shared responsibility payment” when they file their 2014.  This special enrollment period will allow individuals and families who were unaware or didn’t understand the implications of this new requirement to enroll in 2015 health insurance coverage through the FFM.

Even with the millions of dollars of anti-healthcare propaganda efforts mounted by corporate and political opponents of the Affordable Healthcare Act, many in North Carolina did not understand that in lieu of signing onto a plan with a health-care exchange there would be a penalty come tax day. Those who indicate that they did not know about the penalty will be given from March 15th to April 30th to sign up through a FFM.

In an attempt to score partisan political points, Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina legislature have labored to make it as difficult as possible for North Carolinians to get health coverage, but by using the FFM the entire process has become vastly simplified. “It has been easier because the web site has been working very well. The number of screens has been reduced and made more efficient. That, along with the one on one advice available here in North Carolina has made it more simple than ever to get covered.” Said Lee Dixon, the project director for NCGetCovered. Over 92% of those who have signed up in NC have qualified for Federal subsidies. (Source: Read more)

Kinston NC – Educational Forum & Community Conversation: Affordable Care Act Meeting in Kinston

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November 14, 2014

Educational Forum & Community Conversation: Affordable Care Act Meeting in Kinston

As the Affordable Care Act is being implemented in our state, North Carolina lawmakers have blocked the Medicaid program from being expanded. This means that 500,000 working adults remain uninsured this year.

Join us for a conversation in Kinston with the NC Justice Center, along with community partners to discuss:

1. the benefits of the Affordable Care Act

2. how Medicaid expansion would help your community

3. implementation of the online marketplace, including Special Enrollment Period and open enrollment

Help us spread the word and join us on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The event will be held at the Kinston Community Health Center, located at 324 North Queen Street in Kinston.
Click here to register, or call/email to reserve your place: Kinston Community Health Center, 252-522-4350, ext 252;  Nicole Dozier, 919-856-2146 or
nicole@ncjustice.org. Click here for the event flyer.

School systems planning to cut substitutes’ hours – WNCT 9

NEW BERN, N.C. – For Craven County School system’s Wendy Miller, she said she always makes decisions with children in mind.

"I want to do what’s best for kids," Miller said. "But sometimes our hands are tied to do that" 

The reason for that, she said, is due to her system cutting back on substitute teachers’ hours due to the Affordable Care Act.

Before the healthcare law’s passing, Miller says some substitute teachers in the state worked full-time hours but were considered temporary part-time employees.

Thus, the school system didn’t have to offer health insurance.

Under the Affordable Care Act, Miller said any employee in her system who works more than 30 hours a week must be offered health insurance by their employer.

It’s something Miller said her system can’t afford to do.

It also means not being able to use retired teachers as long-term substitutes. (Source: Read more)

How North Carolina (surprisingly) became a leader in ACA – NC Spin

Response: And some folks just don’t get it, don’t understand and/or in denial. I think they are more in denial than the other.

While North Carolina has refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and many politicians continue to complain about the federal health exchange, the roll-out of Obamacare in N.C. tells a far more positive story.

North Carolina is enrolling uninsured people at a rate at least twice that of any other state that has refused to set up its own health exchange and refused to expand Medicaid. In short, among states that are dragging their feet on the Affordable Care Act – no advertising campaigns, no speeches by the governor on how important it is for everyone to have access to health care, no Medicaid expansion that guarantees the lowest income workers coverage – North Carolina is by far leading the pack in private plan enrollment. (Source: NC Spin)