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We Can't Risk Patient Access to Care

After a couple of explosive weeks of impeachment hearings, it's hard to wrap your mind around anything else going on in Washington, but there's still plenty going on in Congress that needs our attention.

Speaker Pelosi's "Lower Drug Costs Now Act" is expected to be voted on in the coming weeks. We can all agree that the cost of prescription drugs is something that must be addressed by Congress. We need our elected leaders to find work together on healthcare reform, but there's a significant part of this bill that could risk patient access to care in a substantial way.

The International Pricing Index Has Some Flaws

The International Pricing Index (IPI) piece included in Speaker Pelosi's Lower Drug Costs Now Act may seem like the perfect solution to bringing down the price of expensive prescription drugs, but there are some real problems with this model. IPI can potentially hurt the most vulnerable and sick patients when they're at their worst, and take away their ability to get access to treatments. The model would base the price the US pays for prescription drugs off of what six other countries pay.

Rep. Carla Cunningham: Congressional inaction on DSH program will hurt North Carolina hospitals

While our representatives in Washington debate the nuances of broader healthcare policy, uninsured Americans are still turning to local hospitals to access basic care, and these hospitals are still on the hook for covering those costs. But if Congress doesn’t act immediately, funding for the program that helps keep these hospitals open will lapse, affecting dozens of hospitals across North Carolina and the thousands of people who rely on them.

U.S. House Democrats from North Carolina Pledge to Protect Health Care as Trump and GOP Attacks Continue

While the Mueller Report continues to make headlines and Trump continues his paranoid tweet tirade in denial, the Democratic majority in the U.S. House is hard at work trying to protect health care for all Americans. On a press call yesterday, Rep. Alma Adams detailed Democrats’ efforts to end Trump and Republican sabotage of the Affordable Care Act and deliver affordable, improved health care to all Americans.

North Carolina Health Care Advocates Demand That Senator Thom Tillis Stand Up To Protect Our Care

Today, Protect Our Care North Carolina and health care advocates from across the state joined Indivisible chapter Tuesdays with Tillis to call on Senator Thom Tillis to stand up to Donald Trump’s repeated efforts to repeal and sabotage the Affordable Care Act.

Nine Years After ACA Expanded Access to Health Care, North Carolinians Call on State Lawmakers, Senator Tillis to Protect and Expand Law

As the anniversary of the passage Affordable Care Act approaches on Saturday, advocates from across North Carolina urged lawmakers to stand with them and protect their care against partisan repeal and sabotage efforts at a press conference at the General Assembly.

Despite Previous Statements, Thom Tillis Votes to Confirm Anti-Health Care Judge Chad Readler

In 2017, Senator Thom Tillis claimed that he supported keeping protections for pre-existing conditions, but last week he voted to give a lifetime appointment to a judge that led the effort to eliminate protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions.

Protect Our Care Announces Health Care Agenda for New Congress

This week, Protect Our Care unveiled their health care agenda for the new Congress. The agenda is detailed in a new report, which calls for bold Congressional action to defend the Affordable Care Act against Republican attacks, strengthen Medicaid and Medicare, lower costs, and enact further protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions.

North Carolinians Call on Republicans to Protect Their Care from Pending Lawsuit

State Sen. Wiley Nickel, Protect Our Care Exec. Dir. Brad Woodhouse, and Local Advocates Join Press Call After Republicans Vote Against Resolution to Intervene in Texas vs. United States Lawsuit and Protect the ACA

Washington Post: Google needs regulation. Republicans are too busy screaming about bias.

Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai was taken to task last week in a Congressional hearing demanding answers from the tech giant. The overwhelming issue at hand is, of course, consumer protection and privacy. Unfortunately, this was not the main topic of conversation as Republican lawmakers focused on their party’s internet presence instead of constituents’ needs.

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