Board members will consider spending an additional $650,000 to connect the bridge to existing roads at the board’s regular meeting in Room 326 at 200 College St. Buncombe officials previously allocated $3 million in taxpayer money for the structure, which was started over four years ago and has yet to carry traffic over Hominy Creek.
New rules proposed by high-level county staff, which some employees argue have not been appropriately reviewed by the Board of Commissioners, will require all workers and their spouses to submit to intravenous blood draws and other medical testing or pay double their current premiums.
“With the rise in ‘off-market’ options, it is important to understand what these plans do — and don’t — provide. These plans are not required to meet key federal requirements that ensure customers get the level of coverage they need over the long term.”
“I find what’s happening is unbearable to people of Western North Carolina, and we need to talk about what’s happening. We need to continue to be educated.”
“When big corporations get into arguments such as these, I wonder if they remember what’s at stake for the people who pay for their lavish lifestyle? Do they understand the undue worry that they cause families? Do they even care?”
“Write your senator to demand improvements in the ACA we depend upon.”
“However, in spite of added expense and bureaucracy, the Republican bill (NC Health Care for Working Families) has the best chance of achieving a bipartisan compromise — if Republican majorities in our state Senate and House will move it through the legislative process.”
“North Carolina Democratic and Republican legislators know that the solution to filling this gap is to pass legislation that provides ‘clean’ Medicaid expansion.”
“The population of Western North Carolina will not magically change if and when this sale occurs; we will still have low- and middle-income people with no health insurance who may get hit with exorbitant medical bills.”
“No one, and I mean no one, is asking whether or not HCA will continue to serve everyone who comes to them for care.”
“Because of Medicare, my treatment was not prohibitively expensive. This is the quality of care that should be, and can be, available to all.”
“Americans are tired of paying too much for health care. We are fed up with politicians pursuing partial and incremental solutions, such as health savings accounts.”
The contract dispute between Blue Cross Blue Shield and Mission Health put many locals in an awkward position: risk out-of-network rates at Mission or find a more Blue Cross-friendly alternative.
“Health Care for All — A Moral Obligation?” a faith-based symposium hosted by Health Care for All — WNC, will be held at the First Baptist Church of Asheville on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Contract negotiations between Mission Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina remain at an impasse as the renewal deadline looms in less than a month. Meanwhile, Park Ridge Health and Pardee Hospital make preparations to take up the slack.
Direct and concierge care are gaining traction in Asheville, offering alternative forms of health care for patients who are looking for more time with their doctors and are willing to pay out of pocket for routine health care, using insurance for catastrophic coverage.
“Sadly, what she experienced is a Medicare requirement that hospitals are forced to comply with even though we know it isn’t the best for patient care.”
“From a patient’s perspective, it is very difficult to intelligently discuss insurance issues while on mind-altering medications and struggling to breathe.”