NC HEALTH REPORT: Our video goes national, small business credits, Sanford public forum

May 19, 2010
Editors: Adam Searing and Adam Linker

VIDEO: See our short clip of the decaffeinated tea party rally to repeal health reform in Raleigh.

VIDEO: Then check our Keith Olbermann on MSNBC the following evening where he leads with our clip and one of Adam Linker's jokes!

VIDEO: Dr. Bill Roper, CEO of UNC Health System, provides a little perspective from his days in the Reagan White House on the health care reform bill for that minority who still think it's a "government takeover" of health care.

AT THE PROGRESSIVE PULSE:

Are people really mad at Congressman Larry Kissell because he is a "moderate" - or is it that he flip-flops and makes arguments of little sense on important issues?

NC's new federal high risk health insurance pool will not place financial burdens on NC.

State Certificate of Need law important to ensure access to affordable health care: The NC Court of Appeals agrees with our position in the amicus brief filed by the NC Justice Center.

An update on the immediate benefits of health reform from the US DHHS Secretary.

SMALL BUSINESSES - HOW TO GET THE HEALTH INS TAX CREDIT: The IRS issues guidelines about how businesses (and nonprofits) can make use of the new health insurance tax credit. Good news - they've made it as easy and as broad as possible to help businesses provide coverage. Basic requirements:

1. Fewer than 25 full time employees.

2. Pay average wages less than $50,000/yr

3. Pay for at least 50% of the cost of employees' insurance

SMALL BUSINESS OR NONPROFIT QUALIFY FOR HEALTH INS TAX CREDIT? WE WANT TO INTERVIEW YOU! Does it look like your small business or nonprofit will qualify for the credit? We may want to interview you for our video project. If interested, just email Adam Searing (adam@ncjustice.org) or Adam Linker (adam.linker@ncjustice.org).

SANFORD PUBLIC FORUM ON MEDICAL DEBT AND HOSPITAL CARE: This forum, sponsored by HAC partner NC Fair Share, will provide working families & advocates with information about medical debt and hospital charity care policies across NC. Come learn about help that's available, hear what's happening to others in your community, share your story, and get active!

Thursday May 27th 2010 - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Lee County Health & Community Center (old Sanford Middle School)

Auditorium 507 N. Steele Street, Sanford NC 27330

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Shawnette Richardson or Lynice Williams 1.866.302.0031

JOB SEARCH: One of our partner organizations, Community Health Services of Charlotte, is looking for a new Executive Director. If you're interested, contact Susan Jernigan with Sockwell Partners at sjernigan@sockwell.com or (704) 372-1865 ext 123.

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