MEDIA RELEASE: Health care coalition launches new website

 

Health care coalition launches new website, calls for “deliberative and open” debate on health marketplace legislation

 
RALEIGH (March 16, 2011) -- Citizens for Responsible Health Care, a coalition of consumer and health advocacy groups, has issued a statement and launched a new website about creation of a health insurance marketplace in North Carolina.
 
The website, http://www.responsiblehealthcarenc.org/ will track news and provide perspectives on what the group calls “one of the most important health care bills filed in years.”
 
In a statement issued today, the coalition praised the House Health and Human Services Committee for defending a “deliberative and open” process for debating the bill. Citizens for Responsible Health Care has been consistent in its call for a pro-consumer health marketplace in North Carolina.
 
 

The full text of the statement follows:

 
We are encouraged by signs that legislation creating a new health insurance marketplace in North Carolina will not rush through the General Assembly. CRHC would like to thank members of the House Health and Human Services Committee, and especially committee chairs Reps. Nelson Dollar, William Current, and Mark Hollo, for ensuring that consideration of the bill creating a health benefits exchange is deliberative and open. Member organizations also thank Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin for his productive suggestions on designing and governing the exchange.
 
“This is one of the most important health care bills filed in years,” said CRCH spokeswoman Abby Carter Emanuelson. “Health and Human Services committee members are demonstrating that they want to get this right. Since more than a million North Carolinians will purchase insurance coverage in this new marketplace it is critical that consumers have input in how the health benefits exchange is built.”
 
The next committee hearing for the bill creating an exchange is March 22. Before the legislation progresses, CRHC hopes that bill sponsors and committee members will consult with consumer advocates to design a market that is independent, transparent, accessible, and competitive.
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Abby Carter Emanuelson, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 919.792.1006, abby.emanuelson@nmss.org; Adam Searing, Project Director, North Carolina Health Access Coalition, adam@ncjustice.org,  (919) 856-2568; Jeff Shaw, Director of Communications, NC Justice Center, jeff@ncjustice.org, 503.551.3615.  
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