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Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

NC’s response to opioid crisis is too little, too late says lawmaker with personal expertise

Opioid overdoses took 1,200 lives in North Carolina last year – part of an 800 percent increase since 1999 whose body count has now surpassed 12,000.

So when lawmakers approved the final state budget late last month, many expected the bipartisan concern would lead to significant funding to combat the opiate problem.

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Original Commentary Progressive Voices Top Story

As drug overdoses proliferate, one obvious and important policy solution stands out

Behind the headlines of COVID-19 deaths, the story of North Carolina’s drastic increase in fatal drug overdoses has gone largely untold During the COVID-19 pandemic, our country has been on a terrifying roller coaster ride of experiencing COVID deaths and hospitalizations with dizzying falls, drops and catastrophic rises.

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Nearly six weeks into the new fiscal year, House version of the state budget starts to emerge

Differences in HHS proposals indicate House and Senate negotiators have much work ahead House budget subcommittee leaders released big pieces of their spending proposal Thursday, as the chamber began speeding toward passage of its full budget. Still to come are salary increases or bonuses the House will propose for teachers and state employees.

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Top Story Weekly Briefing

Modest medical marijuana bill comes up short, highlights the unfairness of NC’s healthcare system

State senators took a small, but positive step last week when they advanced Senate Bill 711 – a proposal to legalize medical cannabis/marijuana. As numerous witnesses – including military veterans struggling with PTSD and other service-related illnesses, as well as others battling the ravages of cancer and chemotherapy...

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Transgender Health and Human Services nominee draws tirade from Republican senator at confirmation hearing

Sen. Richard Burr also criticizes Dr. Rachel Levine for slow vaccine rollout in her state of Pennsylvania WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania’s former top health official at her Senate confirmation hearing Thursday faced a tirade from a Republican senator about gender-affirmation surgery for minors, as well as criticism about the state’s response to the pandemic.

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Progressive Voices Top Story

The pandemic and North Carolinians battling drug addiction

COVID-19 is making community alternatives to incarceration more important than ever before Much important attention is focusing on how the COVID-19 pandemic is gravely affecting people who are incarcerated in U.S. jails and prisons, a crisis that is worsening daily. There are also very serious concerns about justice-involved people who are living in the community during the pandemic, and are at particularly high risk.

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Progressive Voices Top Story

These are the people who suffer because of NC’s stubborn refusal to expand Medicaid

Two weeks ago, the North Carolina General Assembly returned to Raleigh for what was supposed to be a special session on health care. Unfortunately, rather than addressing the lack of health coverage that is hurting our working families and advancing solutions that will help our rural hospitals, legislative leaders instead focused (unsuccessfully) on overriding Governor Cooper’s seven-month-old budget veto. The failure of our lawmakers to create a solution to close the coverage gap, is simply unacceptable.

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Radio Interviews

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein


From combating the opioid crisis, to fighting to find justice for sexual assault victims, to blocking an e-cigarette industry that is hooking teenagers, Attorney General Josh Stein has been at the center of it all this year. We recently sat down with Stein to learn more about those legal challenges, and what’s on the horizon for the A-G’s office.

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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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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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