SEANC to Host Health Care Town Hall Meetings Statewide

Over the next three weeks, the State Employees Association of North Carolina will host a series of town hall meetings on health insurance reform across the state. SEANC and community members will share their health care concerns and hear local experts discuss the dire need for health insurance reform. SEANC also invited local congressmen to join the town hall events.

“State employees are concerned about health care. Many of them can’t afford to cover their spouses or children on the State Health Plan, adding to the growing number of uninsured North Carolinians,” said SEANC Executive Director Dana Cope.

This is going to be a real quick note, because I am out of town right now, but I wanted to let everyone know that SEANC, SEIU Local 2008, is hosting a series of town halls across the state during the August Recess focused on affordable health care.

Even though North Carolina state employees receive health care through the State, the out-of-pocket expenses have risen tremendously over the last few years. Along with the rising out-of-pocket expenses, family coverage has risen to the point that many state employees and retirees can not afford to cover their spouses or their children. That is why...

Last year, SEANC’s delegates voted to “support federal and state legislation to provide access to quality and affordable health care for all U.S. citizens,” as part of SEANC’s Top Ten Policy Platform Objectives. To that end, SEANC supports a public health care option, which will expand affordability and choice for the uninsured. Members will share their personal stories with members of Congress, either in person or by letter following the town hall meetings.

But of course this isn't just about SEANC members, the issue of how we can provide quality affordable health care is something that affects us all.

Each week health care reform is delayed in the United States:
• 44,230 more people will lose their health insurance coverage
• 17,835 more people will fi le for bankruptcy because they can’t pay their medical bills
• 421 people will die because they lack coverage

I hope that all of you will be able to join us, because the same groups that have protested affordable coverage at various other events, and the same groups that protested the visit of the President have decided to give us a visit. So, come one come all, to our Town Hall Meetings to learn about health care reform and what you can do to help make this a reality.

SEANC Town Hall Meeting Schedule
Mon., August 10, 7 p.m. - ECU Brody School of Medicine Auditorium, 600 Moye Blvd., Greenville
Tues., August 11, 7 p.m. - Lenoir Community College Waller Auditorium, 231 Hwy 58 South, Kinston
Wed., August 12, 7 p.m. - Central Carolina Community College Multipurpose Building, Hwy 421, Lillington
Thurs., August 13, 6:45 p.m. - NCCU Miller Morgan Building, 528 Nelson St., Durham
Wed., August 19, 6:30 p.m. - Teamsters Union Hall, 3910 Teamsters Place, Colfax
Tues., August 25, 6:30 p.m. - Western Piedmont Community College, 1001 Burkemont Ave., Morganton
Wed., August 26, 7 p.m. - St. Matthew AME, 1629 Bennett St., Raleigh
Thurs., August 27, 7 p.m. - Pender Cooperative Extension, 801 S. Walker St., Burgaw
Mon., August 31, 6:30 p.m. - Vance-Granville Community College South Campus, 1547 S. Campus Dr., Creedmoor
Tues., September 1, 6:30 p.m. - Martin St. Baptist Church, 1001 E. Martin St., Raleigh

To learn more about SEANC, SEIU Local 2008, the South's leading state employees' association at 55,000 members strong please visit www.seanc.org

See all of you there!

Comments

Health Insurance is very personal

I'm a cancer survivor.

5 years clean.

Moved to NC in January

NC BC will not accept me due to preexisting condition.

I pay almost $20,000.00 a year in ins premiums to my California BC program.

If we do not see changes in Congress this year I will be unable to buy health insurance in NC and California BC is dropping me.

I'll try to attend the meeting in Lillington on the 12th

I work in Sanford and live in SW Wake County, so it is maybe 10 miles out of my way on the ride home. I'll be interested to see who shows up.

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

"Across the State"

Westernmost site of these meetings is in Morganton...That's only about three hours' drive from Murphy.

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The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

Just wait

One might be added west of Asheville.

"Keep the Faith"

Forgive the tone of my earlier comment...

But those of us in the mountains often feel like the state line ends at I-77.

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The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

There was some confusion

There was some confusion regarding the Wednesday meeting. I got a post card incorrectly stating that they would be in Lillington at CCCC on Thursday. Today I got a corrected post card. Also in the N & O it did not list a town just CCCC. There are several CCCC campuses with the main one in Sanford. Please make sure everyone understands that the Wednesday meeting is in Lillington.

I'm a moderate Democrat.

Please attend the Lillington

Please attend the Lillington meeting tonight if you possibly can. Rep. Bob Etheridge will be there and he needs to hear from those that support health care reform. His office in Lillington got a visit from the AFP bus last week and he needs to see and hear from his supporters. Lillington is a short drive from Raleigh, Durham and Fayetteville. From Raleigh or Durham just go to Fuquay-Varina and take 401 to Lillington. Go straight at the stoplight (don't turn to follow 401, the highway becomes 421) and CCCC is on the left about a mile ahead. If you are coming from around Fayetteville take either 210 or 401 into Lillington, go straight through town, cross the Cape Fear and take a right at the stoplight. You will then be on 421 and CCCC will be on your left.

I'm a moderate Democrat.