Health Care for All NC has begun their "Reforming Health Care in North Carolina" series "Part One: Building Common Ground" with a community meeting in Greensboro. This series is hosted by Health Care for All North Carolina, NC Community Health Center Association, NC Nurses Association and NC Pediatric Society. From their announcement.
Health Care for All is coming. Polls show that the public is strongly in favor of systemic change. Currently, only the health insurance industry is well funded and focused on influencing the outcome. The rest of us need to identify our priorities and speak with a unified voice. The time to begin these efforts is now. The most effective time to affect change is between General Assembly Sessions.
The first meeting was a positive success, now it is the turn of you Western North Carolinians. Follow me after the break to hear a little bit about the first meeting and for information on the second meeting.
Regarding the Greensboro forum:
We need your help!
Today’s forum in Greensboro, “Reforming NC Health Care; Building Common Ground” was very encouraging. Participants were quickly engaged in dialogue and closed making specific action proposals.
We can’t waste this great tool and you can help by asking your friends in the Asheville area and in the Triangle to join us at their regional forums.
Representative Verla Insko, sponsor of H901 “Health Care as a Right” and H1897 “Health Care for All Planning Commission” opened and stayed to be actively involved in the discussion. Gail Pruette, of the NC Nurses Association facilitated the meeting. Involvement by all attendees was much higher than anticipated, seven “common ground” guiding principles were developed that will be combined with principles from the Asheville and Raleigh Forums. All principles will go to Representative Insko and others rewriting H1897.
After wording was agreed on, participants were allowed to express interest ranging from “I agree and can support” to “I Oppose”. All responses were “I Agree and can support”. All participants made specific proposals about what they can do. Participants from two groups in one county feel their hosting a similar forum for providers, consumers, business and government in their area would be a good follow up activity. All participants felt the principles would broaden support for real change!
The Western North Carolina meeting:
Biltmore United Methodist Church
376 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
Speaker: Rep. Susan Fisher
If you are interested in registering for this next event, please email the man behind the mission.