Drug Prices Are Skyrocketing, and We Can’t Stand By
“It’s time to bring drug pricing under control. Empathy arbitrage can not be a pricing strategy.” -Mark Cuban, Owner of the Dallas Mavericks Full disclosure: this is long. But if you want to know why your drugs are so expensive these days, and what to do about it, we encourage you to read to the end. Because it’s becoming clear that more than ever, we need to do something about the outrageous healthcare prices affecting us all.
Today We Honor Five Million of Us
To North Carolina’s almost five million civilian workers: today’s for you. Labor Day wasn’t just created for beers and burgers and paid time off. Since 1894 the whole U.S. has taken the first Monday of September to remember the hard work it takes to continue the great experiment we call this country, and the people who do that hard work.
Aetna to Obamacare: It’s Not You, It’s Me
In a move that’s rocking the health insurance world, insurance giant Aetna has announced that they are pulling out of Obamacare in most states, including ours. They say they regret the breakup (doesn’t everyone?), but that they’re just losing too much money to stay.
The Growing Costs of Poor Mental Health
It’s National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. So let’s have a frank conversation about North Carolina’s mental health. We have a growing mental health problem in our country. 43.8 million American adults experienced a diagnosable mental illness in 2013 — nearly 1 in 5 of us. Give yourself a minute to understand that number: one in five. And diagnoses of mental health are climbing. The number of people so disabled by mental disorders that they qualify for disability income grew almost two and a half times between 1987 and 2007.
Why Attend the 2016 N.C. Rural Assembly? Because It’s Good for Your Health.
North Carolina’s fiscal health depends on two things: lowering the cost of healthcare, and figuring out how to provide better healthcare to people who need it. The upcoming 2016 N.C. Rural Assembly addresses both. Are you a rural North Carolinian who wants to know why good healthcare is hard to come by? A rural business wanting better ways to keep your employees healthy?
Pearly Whites, On the Go
AppHealthCare takes teeth seriously. That’s why they’re taking their show on the road with a portable dental clinic. Regular preventative dental care could save the country as much as $1.7 billion in emergency room costs, according to the American Dental Association. But folks in rural regions have a harder time getting regular healthcare from dentists. So AppHealthCare, the tri-county public health department that covers Alleghany, Ashe and Watauga counties, is using a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to bring dentists right to the people’s doors.