The LWVNC Health Care League Action Team invites you to join the statewide Project HCNC (Health Care North Carolina). This team has been growing and organizing around 8 Geographically-Based County Groupings. Members of the Project HCNC County Groupings will be meeting with community leaders (e.g., law enforcement, county commissioners, etc) within their counties starting in February and through the NCGA Legislative Session that begins in May. Advocacy Training designed to facilitate team members’ participation in the Project is now available.
Project HCNC Statement of Purpose
We are committed to the availability of affordable health care coverage for low income North Carolinians, which is essential for effective long-term treatment of addiction disorders and control of our rampant opioid epidemic. We support legislation that will elicit support from both Republicans and Democrats so that it can receive bipartisan approval from both chambers of the NCGA and from the Governor. This may require that the legislation 1) be independent of state budgetary support, 2) have insurance-like features such as premiums, co-pays, and comprehensive benefits (including strong behavioral and mental health coverage on par with physical health coverage), and 3) include some limitations on eligibility such as work and personal responsibility requirements. The legislation submitted to the NC House in March 2017 (HB 662, Carolina Cares) represents a possible model for this legislation and is similar to the program created by then-Governor Mike Pence in Indiana.
About the Advocacy Training
The training was developed in conjunction with our Care4Carolina Partner. It is a two-hour Face-to-Face session that includes:
- Training on the background to the health coverage issue in North Carolina
- Training on how to have an effective meeting with community leaders – including practice time with a tried and true method by American Heart Association called “Hook, Line, Sinker”
- Hook: Your geography is key when you introduce yourself to your community leader/ elected official. Tell them exactly where you live so they immediately know you are a constituent, a concerned county resident, etc. In addition, by learning about your community leader, you can also briefly thank them for what they do/ their support on opioids or health care access as part of your “hook” into the conversation.
- Line: Your personal or local stories and the statistics that we are pulling together to help direct the conversation towards the messaging. Community leaders/ elected officials especially appreciate real-life examples that put a human face on the issue. To this end, your brief personal story will be as or more compelling than the statistics.
- Sinker: The request. Here is were we will all stay on the same message and make a clear request of the community leader/ elected official, ask for a commitment to action, and then listen carefully to their response.
To find out more about the project, or register to be notified when their event for Chapel Hill is scheduled, email KimMoore27514@gmail.com.