After the head of the state Department of Health and Human Services spoke for nearly an hour about plans to overhaul Medicaid, local providers say details and questions about the future of the program remain unknown and unanswered. (Photo of DHHS Secretary Alonda Wos by Caitlin Byrd)
Twitter-coverage of Heath Shuler’s radio comments today about health insurance.
Every restaurant server knows the verbal tipper—the customer who doles out extravagant praise and leaves behind a measly 15 percent. In the food-and-beverage biz, such stinginess isn’t just an aggravation: It makes it significantly harder for a server, who’s typically paid less than $3 an hour, to afford flu shots, prescription drugs and annual checkups. […]
Lack of health insurance kills nearly 1,000 adult North Carolinians a year, according to Families USA, a nonprofit that advocates for high-quality, affordable health care.
Rep. Heath Shuler met with local business owners and area executives in the medical and insurance fields on Thursday to discuss the need for, and the lack of, health insurance for small-business employees.