November 26, 2011


Welcome to the inaugural edition of The Care Package, the NC Campaign for Better Care newsletter. The Campaign for Better Care’s goals are to make improvements in the health care system for vulnerable older adults and to build a strong and lasting consumer voice for better health care. To achieve these goals, we are holding community meetings and videotaping health care stories across the state. We are taking suggestions from our members and are pushing for these changes with lawmakers.

We are certain this newsletter will help with our goal of building a stronger, informed and empowered voice in North Carolina for sustainable change. As the title suggests, we are hopeful that you find this Care Package useful and that the information will positively impact you, a loved one or a client.

Our plan is to send out the newsletter monthly. If you know someone who would like to join the Campaign and receive the newsletter, please share it with them. We are happy to provide resources, tools, announcements, and more, and we want to keep connected to you.

Learn more about Campaign for Better Care, National leaders of the Campaign for Better Care: National Partnership for Women and Families, Community Catalyst and the National Health Law Program.


  • Join us for a free Campaign for Better Care brunch for older adults and caregivers

Thursday, December 1, 2011 from 10am-12:30pm
Sponsored by the NC Justice Center and AARP
Eastern Chatham Senior Center
365 NC Hwy 87 North in Pittsboro

To share your experiences of receiving health care and to hear from the AARP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program and others, reserve your seat now by calling the Senior Center at 919-542-4512 or by contacting me, Nicole Dozier, at 919-856-2146 or

Keeping You Posted

Speaker Tillis and GOP join to stop Ms. Colbert of Wilmington from getting new eyeglasses
By Adam Searing, Director of the Justice Center’s NC Health Access Coalition

Last week in Wilmington I met a friendly, outspoken older woman named Sylvia Colbert. Ms. Colbert is very active in her community and gets her health care through both the federal Medicare program and NC’s Medicaid program… One thing Ms. Colbert told our group about was her critical need for increasingly stronger eyeglasses. She has a fairly serious medical condition where one of her eyes continues to get weaker and she really needs a new pair of basic eyeglasses to be able to see.

Unfortunately, NC Speaker Thom Tillis and the GOP-led NC General Assembly cut the NC Medicaid budget by $350 million this year. One of the first things to go was eyeglasses for older adults in NC’s Medicaid program. Read more...

Did You Know?

For Medicare recipients: Remember that new prescription drug and health plans are offered each year. Even if you are happy with your current plan, you should still review the choices for 2012. There may be options that could save you money and/or that you may like even better. The period of time to make any changes, called open enrollment, began October 5 and ends Wednesday, December 7. For accurate information on reviewing plans and making selections, see and the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) at, or call 1-800-443-9354, Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm.

Resource Spotlight

Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)
Phone: (800) 443
9354 & (919) 8076900
Answers questions and counsels Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers on a variety of health insurance products and issues

Phone: 1
Provides options and rights related to health insurance

First Person

We are hopeful that together we can build a strong and lasting consumer voice for better care. Please see this short video of Eloise Best, sharing her different experiences caring for her parents.
If you would like to share your story please contact Nicole Dozier at



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