Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Sun, 03/09/2014 - 11:25am
While you weren't noticing, many Americans have been opting out of the Affordable Care Act under the law's religious exemption provisions primarily through a Florida outfit called Medi-Share.
Let's be clear - Medi-Share is not insurance. It's a cost sharing plan where individuals apply for membership and agree to pay for each other's medical expenses through a shared pool of "donations". It doesn't cover routine checkups and many other common expenses and offers no guaranteed coverage if the members are hospitalized.
In October of last year, a Kentucky judge shut down the operation in Kentucky after objections by insurance companies who maintained that the plan was being offered as "insurance" and misleading members. The service is still legal in NC.
Submitted by Martha Brock on Thu, 09/26/2013 - 5:55pm
Should 11 Million Mentally Ill Be Locked Up?
Our View: The Editorial Board, USA TODAY September 26, 2013
The awful mass killings this month by a delusional shooter at Washington's Navy Yard provoked familiar demands to fix the nation's mental health system. Polls show most Americans believe shoring up the system could help stop the carnage.
Submitted by Martha Brock on Mon, 01/21/2013 - 10:55am
WRAL to Air Hour-long, Commercial Free, Prime Time Special: gun rights, public safety, and mental health January 23rd @ 8pm
RALEIGH -It's the debate raging across the nation: gun rights, public safety and mental health. In a one hour, commercial free, prime time special, WRAL-TV will probe North Carolina's gun laws, the right to bear arms, security in public places, violence in entertainment, and how the state treats the mentally ill. Soft Targets, Hard Choices is hosted by veteran WRAL News anchors David Crabtree and Debra Morgan and premieres January 23 @ 8pm, followed by live chats on WRAL.com starting at 9pm.
Submitted by Martha Brock on Mon, 12/17/2012 - 5:30pm
The rush to find a reason “why” the Sandy Hook shootings took place results from natural instinct. But, it is important that prejudice against those with psychiatric disabilities and resulting bias in reporting be acknowledged and addressed, so that those with mental illnesses are not painted with a broad brush.
It was a single individual involved in the Friday shootings, and statistics from many years of research show that persons with psychiatric disabilities are not generally more violent than those who do not have a disability. The exceptional cases are those persons with co-occurring substance or alcohol abuses problems, which do have higher rates of violence than the norm.
Jenny Lancaster, chief operating officer for the NC DOC, excused these conditions by citing how the prison system is severely understaffed and under-equipped. Luckily, the prison will receive a new mental health facility to address these issues, but some doubt this will actually fix the problem. These conditions are simply inexcusable.
Nobody is being held accountable. No prison staff has been fired and nobody is up for disciplinary review. This injustice is beyond outrageous.
One of the big shortcomings of living in Maryland for a year is that I don't get to hear what's on WUNC-FM. So I was really glad to get an email this week about an in-depth series by Rose Hoban on the sad state of mental health services in North Carolina. These reports should be required listening for every state policy maker. Please follow me below the fold for a quick look at the five part series.
BlueNC is a labor of love. Views expressed by any particular community member are simply that: the views of that particular member. If you have questions or concerns about the content you see here, please contact us.