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Billy Ball Commentary Top Story

Finding the flesh and blood in NC’s politicized Medicaid war

North Carolina’s Medicaid coverage gap looks like Brenda Pernell, who went by “Miss Brenda” to her students and, until a heart condition killed her in April at the age of 52, treated her high blood pressure with vinegar.  It looks like Jessica Jordan, who inherited her father’s blue eyes and her mother’s fiery hair and who, lacking the coverage to pay for mental health and substance abuse treatment, died from an accidental overdose last May at the age of 32. 

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Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

Citizens, researcher make the case for Medicaid expansion at Winston-Salem hearing

Last week Robin Jordan shared her experience at a field hearing on Medicaid expansion organized by N.C. Senator Paul Lowe (D-Forsyth) and Rep. Evelyn Terry (D-Forsyth). It wasn’t her perspective as a registered nurse she shared Friday at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem. It was her experience as a mother.

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Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

Back to the future? Advocates worry NC’s new drug distribution law is a return to failed policies of the past

Gov. Roy Cooper signed the controversial “Death by Distribution” bill into law last week. Under the new law (which takes effect on December 1), someone who gives certain drugs to another person leading to that person’s death can be...

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Billy Ball Commentary Top Story

Amid the budget showmanship, North Carolina’s budget will surely suffer

North Carolina’s legislative leaders have finally – in one big, bursting feat of Houdini-like showmanship – liberated themselves from truth and context. Their mastery of the mummers play was a revelation Tuesday, in their ruefully insincere keening that we, at this late budgetary hour, have arrived without input from Gov. Roy Cooper –

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News Top Story

GOP rolls out proposal to close health coverage gap. Just don’t call it “Medicaid expansion.”

Republican state lawmakers filed a bill Tuesday to expand health care coverage to low income North Carolinians, closing the health care coverage gap. Sponsors of the House Bill 655, titled “NC Health Care for Working Families,” took pains to say it is not technically expanding Medicaid –

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Top Story Weekly Briefing

Senator Phil Berger is just plain wrong

There’s an old maxim in American politics, usually attributed to former U.S. Senator and Nixon administration cabinet secretary Daniel Patrick Moynihan, that “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not to their own facts.” Would that Moynihan were still alive today so that he could direct a reminder of this simple truth toward North Carolina Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger.

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Progressive Voices Top Story

North Carolina’s leaders must come together on health care

Legislation introduced last week to expand Medicaid should be welcome news to the hundreds of thousands in North Carolina who currently can’t see a doctor when they need one. House Bill 5 was introduced by lead sponsors Reps. Gale Adcock, Carla Cunningham, Verla Insko, and Jean Farmer-Butterfield, and Senate Bill 3 was introduced by lead sponsors Sens. Ben Clark, Dan Blue, and Gladys Robinson – all Democrats. A Republican-led bill is expected soon in the NC House.

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Radio Interviews

North Carolina Secretary of Health and Human Services Mandy Cohen


Secretary of Health and Human Services Mandy Cohen discusses Hurricane Florence recovery, Medicaid reform and expansion, the state’s opioid crisis and the best way to avoid the flu this winter.

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Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

Monday numbers: A closer look at the benefits of Medicaid expansion in 2019

The following numbers are based on a new Center for American Progress report that quantifies the potential benefits of Medicaid expansion if North Carolina were to fully expand Medicaid in 2019. The benefits would include:

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Progressive Voices Top Story

State leaders look to lock in an economic system that is failing many, working for the few

In our economy there are two kinds of people: people who work for money and people whose money works for them. For years, North Carolinians have been told that when rich people and big companies get a tax cut we all benefit. For even longer, our country’s leaders have prioritized policies that give tax breaks to the rich and corporations with the same promises.

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Radio Interviews

Attorney General Josh Stein


Attorney General Josh Stein discusses the ‘radical’ constitutional amendments facing voters this November, protecting the overall integrity of our elections, and efforts by his office to curb opioid addiction.

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Defending Democracy Law and the Courts Top Story

Q&A with state Court of Appeals candidates – the Elmore seat

As part of an ongoing effort to inform North Carolinians about the upcoming judicial elections, Policy Watch is publishing a Q&A with each person running for a statewide judicial office. Each of the 11 candidates was asked the same six questions, and their answers will appear throughout the week alongside those of their challengers.

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Progressive Voices Top Story

Congress must act ASAP on two noncontroversial healthcare programs

When Congress finally passed a continuing resolution last month allowing the government to re-open, there was much rejoicing. In addition to agreeing that continuing basic government services is a good thing, lawmakers reauthorized the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, which provides critical funding for more than 10 million children nationwide. Unfortunately, CHIP was but one in a long list of “must do” items that, for one reason or another, was left undone.

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Other Voices Top Story

The follies: Tillis’ MLK hypocrisy, Civitas’ cheap shots and a new version of the Plotthound

It was a snowy and shortened work week for a lot of people in North Carolina, but unfortunately, that didn’t prevent some of the folks on Right-Wing Avenue from finding and trumpeting their inner hypocrite/demagogue. Tillis hypocrisy alert Take U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, for example...

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News Top Story

New Year’s numbers (a look back at 2017)

This edition of Monday numbers is a final look at 2017 and includes at least one number from each month of Monday numbers in the past year.

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Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

A contentious year to remember: Our investigative reporter looks back at five big stories

#1 - Opioid crisis hits Wilmington area hard; lack of public resources hinders response This summer the N.C. General Assembly passed a state budget that included about half of what was called for in the bipartisan Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act. Shortly thereafter, I got out of Raleigh to take a long, hard look at the consequences of policy coming out of the capital on people outside the Triangle. I spent a few days in Wilmington, which by some estimates is the worst city in the nation for opioid abuse.

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