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Town hall meeting to focus on health care

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Local Democratic lawmakers will host a Health Care Town Hall meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Rocky Mount City Council Chambers to discuss health care updates of value to area residents.

Mark Benton, deputy secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, and Nicole Dozier, director of the Health Advocacy Project for the N.C Justice Center, will be the special presenters at the event, which is free and open to the public. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentations.

“Obamacare is still the law of the land,” N.C. Sen. Angela Bryant, D-Nash, stated in a press release. “With enrollment staring Nov. 1 and ending on Dec. 15, 2017, we need to learn about any changes and who can help with signing up locally.”

Byant is a co-sponsor of the town hall meeting,

Other legislative sponsors of the meeting include N.C. Sen. Erica Smith-Ingram, D-Northampton; N.C. Rep. Shelly Willingham, D-Edgecombe; and N.C. Rep. Bobbie Richardson, D-Franklin.

The agenda of the meeting will include updates on the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance in North Carolina (the CHIP program), mental health and substance use disorder treatment and other health care topics. Other possible local presenters include the OIC Family Medical Center, Rural Health Group, and the Carolina Family Health Center (Harvest/Freedom Hill).

The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the council chambers on the third floor of the the Rocky Mount City Hall at  331 S Franklin St.

For more information or to attend the meeting, contact Jacqueta Rascoe at bryantla@ncleg.net or call 919.733.5878 or register at Eventbite by going to http://bit.ly/2yopq3A.

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