The Health Roundtable supports the League's position of promoting equal access to a basic level of quality health care for all residents of the US paid for by general taxes based on income and includes effective cost control measures. To that end we seek to educate ourselves and the public concerning deficiencies in our current health care system, proposed solutions, and where candidates for public office stand on health care issues. We promote Medicaid Expansion in NC and support efforts to bring it about.
Meeting Date and Time
The first Monday of the month. No meeting in August 2020.
Currently meetings are done virtually due to COVID-19 meeting restrictions.
Contact us by email health [at] lwvpt.org. Chair person is Laurey Solomon.
LWVPT Roundtable Goals
In keeping with the League of Women Voters of the United States health care goal to 'promote a health care system for the United States that provides access to a basic level of quality care for all U.S. residents, including behavioral health, and controls health care costs' the League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad Health Roundtable will focus on two goals. Our goals for 2018-2019 are for specific advocacy and education.
1) To educate the public regarding the extent to which our health care system is underserving particularly the poor and financially stressing the entire society.
2) To seek to encourage legislators to move first toward "Medicaid expansion" and then eventually toward a program of "Medicare for all."
3) To study the NC DHHS program's Healthy Opportunities and educate the public regarding the social determinants of health.
The 2016 - 17 public policy statement of the League of Women Voters of the Triad under social policy, health care was, "Promote a healthy community that recognizes the importance of social, geographic, political influences. Promote a health care system for the Piedmont Triad that provides access to affordable, quality care for all residents, including prevention of disease, primary care (including prenatal and reproductive health), acute care, long-term care, and mental health care (including substance abuse treatment). Promote control of health care costs, equitable distribution of services, efficient and economical delivery of care, advancement of medical research and technology, and a reasonable total expenditure level for health."
Two minute video about your vote
This short video explains all the ways you can use your vote to affect health care policies, many of which are not obvious. They are nonetheless extremly important
spoke to the LWVPT and friends in March 2019. Dr. Oberlander is a professor in the Department of Social Medicine and the Department of Health Policy and Management at UNC-CH. His topic was the future of healthcare reform.
NC Medicare for all is a fledgling statewide coalition promoting a single payer health care system in the US that covers everyone. Please spend some time on their website. Under the Take Action tab is a letter to NC legislators asking them to support the Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act proposed in the US Senate.