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  • TAKE ACTION: Tell Senators Tillis and Burr To Keep North Carolina Covered!

    The House of Representatives narrowly passed the American Health Care Act on May 4 on a 217-213 vote despite bipartisan opposition to the bill, which would bring back discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions, slash over $800 billion in Medicaid funding, and leave 24 million Americans uninsured.

    But this horrible bill or one like it has to pass the Senate before it gets to the President’s desk. We need you to reach out to Senator Thom Tillis and Senator Richard Burr now to demand that they protect our care and keep North Carolina covered.

  • TAKE ACTION: Tell Senators Tillis and Burr To Keep North Carolina Covered!

    The House of Representatives narrowly passed the American Health Care Act on May 4 on a 217-213 vote despite bipartisan opposition to the bill, which would bring back discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions, slash over $800 billion in Medicaid funding, and leave 24 million Americans uninsured.

    But this horrible bill or one like it has to pass the Senate before it gets to the President’s desk. We need you to reach out to Senator Thom Tillis and Senator Richard Burr now to demand that they protect our care and keep North Carolina covered.

  • TAKE ACTION: Sign this letter to ensure Eastern NC gets what it needs to rebuild

     We need your voice in the state budget debate to ensure funding for the recovery and rebuilding in Eastern NC after Hurricane Matthew.

    The North Carolina General Assembly is poised to finish the state budget in the next three weeks. The Senate budget plan has allocated at most just $150 million to unspecified rebuilding activities.  The estimated unmet need is at least $2.8 billion.

    House members must include a greater commitment to Eastern NC in their proposal.  They can afford to do so by holding the tax rates at current levels and not cutting taxes further.  They can also access the more than $1 billion in the Rainy Day Fund for the purpose of rebuilding the region stronger.

    The federal government has already given North Carolina’s leaders notice that they will fund just $6.1 million in Hurricane rebuilding efforts.  This is just one percent of our request.

    Please add your name to this letter with other elected leaders from local governments across Eastern NC to urge the House to act.

  • Take Action! Tell your lawmakers to prioritize post-Hurricane Matthew rebuilding

    Just a few hours after the Senate released its budget, the Governor announced that the federal government would provide only $6.1 million to the state to rebuild post-Hurricane Matthew. Estimated damage from the storm that hit Eastern North Carolina in October 2016 is $2.8 billion.

    The Senate provides just $150 million in state dollars for the Hurricane rebuilding effort.

    Tell your legislators to make sure that the state budget prioritizes rebuilding post-Hurricane, and anticipates other federal losses in funding.

    Rather than prioritize tax cuts for the wealthy and profitable corporations, North Carolina’s leaders must prepare for federal funding cuts and meet needs in communities that are trying to rebuild from natural disasters today. Far too many families and workers are still displaced from their homes, schools, and jobs.

    Ask your Senator or Representative to vote NO on a budget that includes another round of tax cuts, and urge them to craft a budget that commits state resources to shared priorities: rebuilding after Hurricane Matthew, affordable housing, additional pre-K opportunities and environmental protection, to name just a few. 

  • Take Action! Tell your legislators to support paid sick days!

    Nearly everybody gets sick at some point, but more than 1.2 million North Carolinians working in the private sector don’t have access to any paid sick leave. This kind of support is critical especially for low-income working people, for whom lost wages from being sick can mean being unable to cover bills or buy groceries.

    Paid sick days are also incredibly important for working parents: on average, school-age children miss at least three days of school each year due to illness. When parents are able to care for their sick children, the children recover more quickly, are less likely to become seriously ill and have improved health overall.

    What’s more: paid sick days are good business policy. Employers who offer paid sick days to their employees report lower turnover, higher productivity and reduced illnesses in the workplace. And the cost of replacing an employee often far exceeds the cost of providing paid sick leave to an existing one.

    Tell your legislators to support paid sick days for working North Carolinians!

  • TAKE ACTION! Thank You to the Representatives that Stood Up to Keep North Carolina Covered

    On Thursday, May 4, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 217-213 to pass the American Health Care Act. This bill would jeopardize protections for 1.6 million non-elderly North Carolinians with pre-existing conditions, gut the Medicaid program that serves as a lifeline to over a million North Carolina children, and take health coverage away from over one million of our state’s residents.

    This is a horrific step backward in our nation’s history. While we can still stop this bad bill in the Senate, we need to let our representatives in the House understand the costs of passing such devastating legislation.

    While the bill just barely passed the House, four of North Carolina’s congressmen courageously stood up against this bad bill. Please join us in thanking them for taking a stand and doing right by the people of North Carolina!

  • TAKE ACTION: Tell Representatives — Your Vote for the AHCA Hurts North Carolina

    On Thursday, May 4, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 217-213 to pass the American Health Care Act. This bill would jeopardize protections for 1.6 million non-elderly North Carolinians with pre-existing conditions, gut the Medicaid program that serves as a lifeline to over a million North Carolina children, and take health coverage away from over one million of our state’s residents.

    This is a horrific step backward in our nation’s history. While we can still stop this bad bill in the Senate, we need to let our representatives in the House understand the costs of passing such devastating legislation.

    Nine of North Carolina’s 13 congressional representatives in the House voted in favor of the American Health Care Act.

    Write to them using the form below and tell them: Your Vote for the American Health Care Act Hurts North Carolina.

  • Tell your Congress member to oppose fake workplace flexibility!

    Legislation that would take money out of the hands of hardworking people like you while giving more power to employers is currently moving through Congress – and we need your help to stop it in its tracks.

    The misnamed Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1180/S. 801) is touted as a proposal that would help workers by allowing them to bank overtime hours instead of receiving pay. But nothing could further from the truth: hiding below the family-friendly bill title is an outright attack on workers that would result in a pay cut without any guarantee of time off.

    Tell your members of Congress that a vote for this smoke-and-mirrors proposal is a vote against working families!

  • Take Action: Tell House Aging Committee to hear the Caregiver Relief Act!

    The Caregiver Relief Act (SB 463/HB 543) was up for a bill hearing in the House Committee on Aging earlier this month. Unfortunately, the Committee cancelled the hearing for the Caregiver Relief Act the day before it was scheduled, and there have been no attempts yet to put it back on the docket.

    The bill would add grandparents, grandchildren, step relatives, and in-laws to the list of family members working family caregivers can take time off to care for using unpaid Family Medical Leave. Expanding the types of family relationships covered under Family Medical Leave would make a huge difference to the hundreds of thousands of working family caregivers in North Carolina, who are often forced to choose between taking care of family and keeping their jobs.

    Lawmakers need to know that constituents are paying attention, and they need to hear your stories about the importance of being able to access family medical leave to care for relatives outside the nuclear family.

    Take Action: Tell the House Committee on Aging why the Caregiver Relief Act matters to you, and why it deserves a hearing!

  • TAKE ACTION! Tell your NC Senator to bring an end to class-size chaos

    Beginning next school year, the NC General Assembly will require school districts to reduce their class sizes in grades K-3.  They have spent $122 million reducing K-3 class sizes over the past three years; however, achieving the class sizes the Senate is demanding schools meet next school year costs an additional $318 million. In short: lawmakers want small class sizes, but they don’t want to pay for it.

    With the new school year quickly approaching, public schools are scrambling to meet the requirement.  Some districts are asking for more money from their county commissioners, placing the burden of the NCGA’s unfunded mandate on local taxpayers. Other districts are initiating layoffs, placing the burden on teacher assistants and teachers in “non-core” – but educationally crucial – subjects such as music, art, and physical education. Districts are re-working school assignment and transportation plans, retro-fitting closets and offices into classroom spaces, reducing elective courses, and hiring between 3,000 and 5,400 new, possibly under-prepared K-3 classroom teachers, placing the burden on the students as well.

    On February 16, the House unanimously passed House Bill 13, which would set K-3 class size requirements commensurate with funding levels. After 67 days of inaction, the Senate is finally hearing the bill TONIGHT at 6:00 in the Committee on Education / Higher Education. The Senate needs to quickly advance the bill as is to bring an end to this self-inflicted chaos in our schools.

    TAKE ACTION! Tell Senate leadership to advance H.B. 13 and solve this issue as soon as possible. 

    Learn more about the class-size issue here

  • Take Action! Tell House to reject massive expansion of charter schools that fail to meet minimum academic or financial standards

    Tell House members to vote NO on House Bill 779 (Charter School Changes).

    HB 779 would make a number of changes to charter school laws. These changes would allow charter school enrollment growth to increase by up to 30% each year even if the charter school: is identified as low-performing academically; fails to meet its current enrollment targets; and fails to meet minimum standards of fiscal management. Under current law, such an expansion is only allowed if the charter school can show that none of the above conditions applies to them.

    HB 779 would also divert lottery funding and local funding from traditional public schools to charter schools for capital needs even as traditional public schools face a multi-billion dollar backlog in capital costs. There is no reason to lower expectations this far for North Carolina’s charter schools. Enrollment in charter schools has more than doubled since 2011 following the removal of the cap on the number of charter schools and a host of legislation designed to ease charter school accountability. And yet charter schools approved in the past three years under these lessened accountability provisions are performing worse than those that were approved in prior years.

    Tell your Representative not to funnel students into low-performing, financially mismanaged schools while diverting funding from the state’s underfunded public school system. Tell them to vote NO on House Bill 779.

  • TAKE ACTION! Ask NC House to Support Second Chances by Expanding Expunction Relief

    Voice your support for expanding access to relief for individuals striving to move beyond a criminal history.

    House Bill 621 Expungement Process Modifications will be introduced on the NC House floor tonight (April 25) or tomorrow. The provisions of House Bill 621 will restore opportunities for productive citizenship in a manner that safeguards community safety. These reforms will bring NC in line with the “second chance” reliefs available in several other states. House Bill 621:

    • Reduces the wait time for expunction of a first-time nonviolent misdemeanor from 15 years to 5 years
    • Reduces the wait time for expunction of a first-time nonviolent felony from 15 years to 10 years
    • Provides for the expunction of all dismissed charges if an individual has not been convicted of a felony offense
    • Provides prosecutors electronic access to records expunged after December 1, 2017
    • Treats a conviction expunged after December 1, 2017, as a prior record if the person reoffends
    • Establishes a uniform, more accessible procedure for filing expunction petitions

    House Bill 621 will provide expunction relief to North Carolinians with first-time nonviolent convictions much sooner. It will also provide relief to tens of thousands of community members isolated from employment and housing opportunities because of charges that have been dismissed or disposed “not guilty” but remain on an individual’s criminal record. 

    TAKE ACTION! Ask NC House to support the bill TODAY

  • Urgent: Oppose the Right to Work (for less)

    Last week, the House swiftly passed the Protect NC Right to Work Constitutional Amendment (S 632/HB 819).This bill would open up the state constitution to enshrine harmful right-to-work laws, and make it harder for working people in North Carolina to fight back against bad employers by forming unions. The Senate is now the last line of defense against this extremely harmful proposal.

    What we know:

    • Right-to-work laws have been on the books in North Carolina for decades, so adding them to the state constitution is unnecessary, wastes taxpayer dollars, and moves our state in the wrong direction.
    • These laws hurt the middle class. They do not create jobs and can in fact lower wages; in states with these laws, workers make an average of $1,550 less per year.
    • Nine of the 15 states with the highest unemployment have these laws in place.

    TAKE ACTION TODAY! Please send a message to your Senator to let them know that the working people of North Carolina are counting on them to oppose this bill.

  • Take Action: Tell your lawmakers not to blow a hole in North Carolina’s budget!

    Senate Bill 325 is a costly tax plan proposal that will cut $1 billion in state revenue every year. That loss comes on top of the nearly $2 billion loss we’ve suffered thanks to the past few years of tax cuts that have primarily benefited the wealthy and powerful. 

    And now the General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division estimates that the Senate tax plan would create a hole in the state budget to the tune of nearly $600 million a year by 2020.

    Tell your lawmaker: We can’t afford a budget shortfall that will likely mean state funding cuts to public schools, healthcare services, environmental protection and other crucial areas. 

    Supporters of the Senate tax plan are more than willing to give more tax cuts to the already well-off and profitable corporations at the expense of public investments that promote shared prosperity. This is state leaders’ brand of tax reform, which won’t end well for the majority of North Carolinians. 

    You can read our full report on Senate Bill 325 here, but here’s a summary what it will do:

    • Another $1 billion revenue loss makes it impossible to pay for what we need

    • Eighty percent of the  tax cuts since 2013 will have gone to the top 20 percent of taxpayers

    • Sixty percent of taxpayers in the bottom 20 percent of taxpayers receive no tax cut

    • Rural communities will continue to be hurt by this proposal

    Tell your lawmakers not to pass more tax cuts that will blow a hole in North Carolina’s budget!

  • URGENT Action Alert: H409 Adjust Hiring Practices in committee April 5

    We have good news to report. House Bill 409 State Agencies/Adjust Hiring Practices was heard in the NC House State Personnel Committee on Wednesday, April 5th, and received a unanimous favorable report vote!

    HB 409 will next be heard in House Judiciary III Committee TOMORROW, TUESDAY, APRIL 11, at 11:00 a.m. in Room 421 of the Legislative Office Building. Please contact members of House Judiciary III Committee ASAP and ask them to vote for HB 409 which provides an important step to improve public safety by helping people who have made mistakes in the past find meaningful employment and live fulfilling, productive lives. 

    The bill moves the question about the criminal record of an applicant for NC State employment from the initial application until after the interview, giving the applicant a chance to meet the employer face-to-face. This offers NC State Agencies the opportunity to take full consideration of an applicant's qualifications, skills, and rehabilitation efforts, as well as information from background checks, into account before making a hiring decision.

    More than 1.5 million North Carolinians have a criminal record, making it extremely difficult to find work. HB 409 is an important step to improve public safety by helping people who have made mistakes in the past find meaningful employment and live fulfilling, productive lives. 

  • Take Action: Caregiver Relief Act is Moving!

    This Tuesday, April 11th, the House Committee on Aging is scheduled to hear the Caregiver Relief Act (SB 463/HB 543).

    The bill would add grandparents, grandchildren, step relatives, and in-laws to the list of family members working family caregivers can take time off to care for using unpaid Family Medical Leave. Expanding the types of family relationships covered under Family Medical Leave would make a huge difference to the hundreds of thousands of working family caregivers in North Carolina, who are often forced to choose between taking care of family and keeping their jobs.

    Take Action: Tell the House Committee on Aging to support the Caregiver Relief Act!
  • Tell legislators to support a strong caregiver workforce!

    Direct care work is one of the fastest growing occupations in North Carolina. Unfortunately, it’s also among the lowest-paid jobs in the state. Part of the reason wages are so low is that our state’s Medicaid reimbursement rate, which pays for almost half of the direct care received by patients in North Carolina, is too low to adequately cover the cost of that care and the wages of the workers providing it.

    The solution: raise North Carolina’s Medicaid reimbursement rate to the national average, allowing employers to cover their overhead and pay direct care workers a living wage. This would mean more competitive recruitment, better staff retention and as a result higher quality, more consistent care for North Carolina’s most vulnerable.

    Back us up! Tell your legislator to support better pay for professional caregivers!

  • Tell your legislator to co-sponsor the Paid Sick Days Act & Caregiver Relief Act!

    This week, Senator Angela Bryant and Representative Susan Fisher introduced the Healthy Families & Workplaces/Paid Sick Days Act (SB 556/HB 544) and the Caregiver Relief Act (SB 463/HB 543). These two bills will make it easier for working North Carolinians to take care of themselves and their family members who need them.

    The Healthy Families & Workplaces/Paid Sick Days Act allows working people in our state to earn paid sick time that they can use to recover from illness, visit a doctor or care for a sick child. The Caregiver Relief Act adds grandparents, grandchildren, step-relatives, and in-laws to the list of family members working caregivers can take time off to care for using unpaid Family Medical Leave.

    These policies would be a huge boost to North Carolina’s working families, who are often forced to choose between a paycheck or taking care of themselves and their families.

    We salute Representative Fisher and Senator Bryant for standing up for the working people of North Carolina, but they can’t pass these policies without the support of their fellow lawmakers. Call on your legislators in the North Carolina House and Senate to co-sponsor these important bills!

  • TAKE ACTION! Tell your lawmakers to rebuild Eastern NC

     The North Carolina Senate Finance Committee approved Senate Bill 325, which will cut $1 billion in state revenue every year. That loss comes on top of the nearly $2 billion loss we’ve suffered thanks to the last few years of tax cuts that have primarily benefited the wealthy and powerful.

    Now is not the time to cut taxes when we need to rebuild Eastern NC stronger after the devastation of Hurricane Matthew.

    We need a state level commitment of resources to rebuild housing, support small businesses and workers, provide for services, and implement a long-term vision for a thriving Eastern North Carolina.  Here are just a few of the pressing needs and long-term investments to help Eastern NC weather future natural disasters and strengthen their economy.

    • Build affordable housing for displaced low-income renters and homeowners
    • Purchase land from low-income homeowners living in low-lying areas
    • Strengthen water infrastructure, monitoring and protections
    • Provide low-cost loans to small business owners unable to access SBA products
    • Make programming available to children affected by the Hurricane such as additional opportunities to address summer learning loss and increased services to address trauma

    You can read our full report on Senate Bill 325 here. But here are the topline points about what it will do:

    • Another $1 billion revenue loss makes it impossible to budget adequately
    • Eighty percent of the net tax cut since 2013 will have gone to the top 20 percent of taxpayers
    • Sixty percent of taxpayers in the bottom 20 percent of taxpayers receive no tax cut
    • Rural communities will continue to be hurt by the Senate tax cut proposal

    Tell your Senator to vote no on Senate Bill 325. And let your House member know that passing more tax cuts while we have unanticipated and pressing needs in Eastern NC is not responsible.

  • TAKE ACTION! Tell the General Assembly to reject a dangerous constitutional amendment

    The North Carolina Senate has approved a constitutional amendment proposal that would seriously limit our state's ability to build thriving communities. This bill has already moved to the House but has not been scheduled in committee yet. 

    We must make sure House members don’t move this bill forward. TAKE ACTION NOW! 

    SB75 would change the state constitution to permanently freeze income tax rates in North Carolina. In order to keep funding vital public services, lawmakers will likely raise the sales tax or fees, which will eat into middle class families’ paychecks and financially strand those who are struggling to get by.

    This constitutional amendment is essentially a giveaway to millionaires that will just keep in place the heavy tax load carried by middle- and working-class families. The income tax cuts the policymakers have passed since 2013 gave the wealthy the biggest breaks, at the expense of the rest of the state. Now that they are fully phased in as of January 1, those income tax cuts will reduce annual revenue by $2 billion.

    This flawed legislative proposal to change the state Constitution cannot pass.

    Under this constitutional amendment scheme, lawmakers would continue to underfund schools, roads, public health and parks. They would also likely have to:

    • Push greater responsibility to local governments for funding public schools and teachers, or raising property taxes
    • Raise the sales tax to offset the lost revenue
    • Eliminate income tax deductions that working-class , middle-class and fixed income North Carolina families currently receive

    We elect our legislators to make North Carolina a stronger state – not to lock in tax giveaways to millionaires. Tell your Representative not to amend our state constitution to benefit the powerful at the expense of the rest of us.

  • TAKE ACTION! Tell lawmakers to shift away from system that grades school performance based on poverty

    The NC House introduced a new bill this week that addresses school performance in a way that will improve what up until now has been a deeply flawed system.

    House Bill 322 would increase the weight of growth in proficiency to 50% of school grades, which would be an improvement in what's known as the A-F model — one that overall undervalues student learning and growth. Currently schools are assigned A-F grades based primarily on raw student test scores (counting for 80% of the grade), which has led school grades to be correlated overwhelmingly with poverty rates.

    Low- income schools inherently do worse on this measure because they educate larger proportions of at-risk students, students with disabilities, and children who trail behind their more affluent peers before they have ever set foot in a classroom. By failing to adequately consider growth in student learning, the A-F grading system assigns these schools with D or F grades that function as a scarlet letter, harming the morale of students and staff in schools that are making gains in student learning but serve more disadvantaged populations.

    While there are problems with the A-F model and a more diverse range of school of performance indicators would be preferable, focusing on student growth is a big step forward in grading schools fairly.

    TAKE ACTION! Contact your lawmakers today and ask them to support HB 322 and improve the A-F school grading system!

  • TAKE ACTION! Tell the General Assembly to reject a dangerous constitutional amendment

    This week the North Carolina Senate Finance and Rules Committees approved a constitutional amendment proposal that would seriously limit our state's ability to build thriving communities. This bill is moving quickly to a vote on the floor. 

    This proposal to change our Constitution should not be passed.  TAKE ACTION NOW! Senate Bill 75 will be voted on the floor on March 14. 

    SB75 would change the state constitution to permanently freeze income tax rates in North Carolina. In order to keep funding vital public services, lawmakers will likely raise the sales tax or fees, which will eat into middle class families’ paychecks and financially strand those who are struggling to get by.

    This constitutional amendment is essentially a giveaway to millionaires that will just keep in place the heavy tax load carried by middle- and working-class families. The income tax cuts the policymakers have passed since 2013 gave the wealthy the biggest breaks, at the expense of the rest of the state. Now that they are fully phased in as of January 1, those income tax cuts will reduce annual revenue by $2 billion.

    This flawed legislative proposal to change the state Constitution cannot pass.

    Under this constitutional amendment scheme, lawmakers would continue to underfund schools, roads, public health and parks.  They would also likely have to:

    ·         Push greater responsibility to local governments for funding public schools and teachers, or raising property taxes

    ·         Raise the sales tax to offset the lost revenue

    ·         Eliminate income tax deductions that working-class , middle-class and fixed income North Carolina families currently receive

    We elect our legislators to make North Carolina a stronger state – not to lock in tax giveaways to millionaires. Tell your lawmaker not to amend our state constitution to benefit the powerful at the expense of the rest of us.

  • TAKE ACTION! Tell lawmakers to reject an income tax cap

    The North Carolina Senate has approved a constitutional amendment proposal that would seriously limit our state's ability to build thriving communities. This bill has already moved to the House but has not been scheduled in committee yet. Your lawmakers need to hear from you today that this is the wrong choice for North Carolina, today and in the future. 

    Sign this petition today telling your lawmaker not to amend our state constitution to benefit the powerful at the expense of the rest of us.

  • TAKE ACTION: Tell state lawmakers to protect Medicaid from Congress’ Chopping Block!

    In the coming days and weeks, Congress will unveil a proposal to slash billions of dollars in federal funding for Medicaid through a per capita cap or block grant.

    Radically restructuring Medicaid, which has a 52-year track record of success, would leave North Carolina without the financial resources for our state budget needs. Even worse, Medicaid cuts put North Carolina’s most vulnerable—children, people with disabilities and complex health care needs, and seniors in nursing homes—at risk.

    Tell state lawmakers at the General Assembly to stand up and protect North Carolina from draconian cuts to the Medicaid program by Congress. Don’t let Congress ration health care for our most vulnerable!

  • TAKE ACTION: Tell state lawmakers to protect Medicaid from Congress’ Chopping Block!

    In the coming days and weeks, Congress will unveil a proposal to slash billions of dollars in federal funding for Medicaid through a per capita cap or block grant.

    Radically restructuring Medicaid, which has a 52-year track record of success, would leave North Carolina without the financial resources for our state budget needs. Even worse, Medicaid cuts put North Carolina’s most vulnerable—children, people with disabilities and complex health care needs, and seniors in nursing homes—at risk.

    Tell state lawmakers at the General Assembly to stand up and protect North Carolina from draconian cuts to the Medicaid program by Congress. Don’t let Congress ration health care for our most vulnerable!

  • TAKE ACTION! Thank Representatives Adams, Butterfield & Price for their support of the FAMILY Act!

    Last week, the FAMILY Act was reintroduced in Congress with support from three of our 13 North Carolina Congressional members: Rep. Alma Adams, Rep. G.K. Butterfield, and Rep. David Price.

    The FAMILY Act would establish a Family Medical Leave Insurance program that would provide working people with paid family medical leave to recover from childbirth or illness, care for an aging loved one or welcome a newborn or adopted child to the home.

    This policy would allow working Americans to be able to choose to be with their families when it matters most. Currently only 12% of working people in the U.S. have access to this type of leave, which means they are often left to choose between a paycheck or taking care of themselves and their families.

    We salute Representatives Adams, Butterfield, and Price for standing up for the working people of North Carolina. Will you join us in thanking them with a personal note? Take action below!

  • TAKE ACTION! Tell NC Lawmakers: Don’t Block Medicaid Expansion!

    On Friday, January 6, Governor Roy Cooper notified the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services of his plan to join 31 states and the District of Columbia to close the Coverage Gap.

    For over three years conservative lawmakers have blocked efforts to ensure that all North Carolina residents who make too little for Marketplace coverage but too much for Medicaid coverage have access to coverage to get the health care they need when they need it.

    For each year that lawmakers failed to close the Coverage Gap, the state:

    • Missed out on $2 billion in federal funds,
    • Further strained the budgets of rural hospitals, and
    • Jeopardized the financial security of nearly 15,000 North Carolina families facing catastrophic medical bills.

    In addition to providing economic benefits, closing the Coverage Gap would prevent 1,000 unnecessary deaths annually, help 12,000 veterans receive care, and connect 144,000 North Carolinians to services for untreated behavioral health and substance use disorders.

    More importantly, most North Carolinians support plans to fix the health insurance gap. A poll conducted last year shows that both Democrats and Republicans support efforts to expand Medicaid. Overall, 72 percent of respondents wanted a plan to “fix the health insurance gap.”

    TAKE ACTION! Tell House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger not to block efforts to close the coverage gap for 500,000 Tar Heels and create over 40,000 jobs throughout the state.

  • SIGN YOUR NAME: Tell Congress - Don’t vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement plan!

    Over 600,000 North Carolinians enrolled in life-saving health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s Marketplace last year, and another 300,000+ uninsured state residents could still qualify for coverage through Medicaid as called for by the law. Nationwide, more than 20 million people have gained health insurance coverage thanks to the ACA.

    President-elect Donald Trump and conservative leaders in Congress have vowed to immediately repeal the ACA when they convene in late January. Even worse, they plan to repeal the law without voting on a replacement plan.

    Repealing the law without a plan to provide coverage will jeopardize the health, financial security, and overall well-being of millions of Americans, especially people living with pre-existing health conditions, resulting in nearly 30 million Americans losing coverage. What’s more, a repeal-without-replace vote would send the health care system into chaos.

    Tell Congress: NO REPEAL WITHOUT REPLACE! Don’t vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act without coming up with a replacement plan that provides continued access to quality, affordable coverage for North Carolinians.

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    Sign our petition today in opposition to Senate Bill 817, Senate Bill 607 or any other TABOR-type legislation that reduces accountability and makes it impossible for North Carolina policymakers to take care of our state's priorities.

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  • SIGN THE PETITION! Tell NCGA that cuts to unemployment insurance have hurt NC families and communities

    After the changes enacted in 2013, North Carolina’s unemployment insurance is providing too little for too short a period to too few of North Carolina’s jobless workers.

    • TOO LITTLE: North Carolina ranks 46th in the nation in its average weekly benefit amount of $233 which monthly would leave a North Carolina family with one adult, one child more than $1,800 short in meeting their basic needs.
    • TOO SHORT: North Carolina ranks last for its average duration of unemployment insurance of just 11 weeks. It is the only state to allow a maximum of just 13 weeks for all jobless workers.
    • TOO FEW: North Carolina ranks last for the number of jobless workers who receive unemployment insurance. Just 11 percent of jobless North Carolinians receive unemployment insurance.

    Tell the North Carolina General Assembly that they must rebalance the unemployment insurance system so that it supports families and communities with too few jobs to ensure that all can work.

    SIGN THE PETITION TODAY!

  • SIGN THE PETITION

    The NC Senate has approved putting arbitrary formulas and restrictions into our State Constitution that would make it impossible for lawmakers to respond to the priorities of North Carolinians for quality schools, healthy communities, and vibrant main streets.

    Sign our petition today in opposition to Senate Bill 607 or any other TABOR-type legislation that reduces accountability and makes it impossible for North Carolina policymakers to take care of our state's priorities.