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MAHEC’s IDD Assessment Clinic

September 25, 2020

MAHEC’s IDD Assessment Clinic provides comprehensive health assessments for adult and young adult patients with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD). 

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New Poll Shows Increasing Support for Closing NC’s Coverage Gap

September 11, 2020

The results of a new poll released this week reveal growing support across party lines for closing North Carolina’s health care coverage gap.

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Advocates call for Medicaid expansion as NC unemployment increases health insurance gap

September 8, 2020

A coalition of organizations from across the state held a virtual forum Sept. 2 calling for Medicaid expansion as North Carolinians grapple with a loss of health care coverage due to unemployment amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Tens of thousands of state residents have fallen into the "coverage gap" due to COVID-19, worsening an already concerning issue, according to Care4Carolina, a group advocating for affordable health care in the state.

The gap includes those who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to get help through the private insurance marketplace.

North Carolina is among 12 states that have not expanded Medicaid. Prior to COVID-19, the Kaiser Family Foundation estimated that if it did, more than 400,000 residents would gain health insurance. Care4Carolina says about 178,000 more North Carolinians are living in the gap since COVID-19 hit.

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WCMS 2020 Strategic Plan Quarterly Update (Q2)

September 8, 2020

OUR VISION is to serve as a dynamic physician/physician assistant community dedicated to a healthy, vibrant western North Carolina (WNC).
OUR VALUES are integrity, inclusion, and innovation.
OUR PARTNERS include Independent Physicians, Employed Physicians, Physician Assistants, Community Leaders, Sponsors/Businesses, Donors/Funders, Health System Leaders, Practice Managers, Patients, and Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) employees

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A Message from Our WCMS Foundation Chair: Dr. Carol Coulson

September 4, 2020

It’s that time of year when we lament the end of summer yet find rejuvenation in the promise of fall. There is a hint of crispness and pumpkin spice latte in the early morning air. The school buses are back in the neighborhood elementary school parking lot ready to roll when they can. Whether you watched your kindergartner go to his first class ever, or packed your college senior off for her last year, it’s a bittersweet time.

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Project Access featured in the WNC Bridge Foundation's 2019 Impact Report

August 25, 2020

With its roots having formed in the 19th century, the Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation (WCMSF) has been a stronghold in the community, serving to improve access to healthcare, fight health inequities and promote wellness in Western North Carolina. The WCMSF is a group of physicians and community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to connect low-income, uninsured patients with free or low-cost comprehensive medical care.

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Vaping linked to COVID-19 risk in teens and young adults

August 24, 2020

Data collected in May shows that teenagers and young adults who vape face a much higher risk of COVID-19 than their peers who do not vape, Stanford researchers found.

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Two-fifths of working-age adults lacked reliable insurance in first half of 2020, Commonwealth Fund says

August 24, 2020

More than 40% of U.S. adults of working age didn't have reliable health insurance in the first half of this year, according to a new report out from The Commonwealth Fund.

People of color disproportionately lacked comprehensive coverage and were more likely to struggle financially with medical bills. More than a third of Latino adults, small business workers and low-income adults were uninsured in the past year, a situation that could worsen due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the study's authors warned.

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Catch-Up to Get Ahead’ Initiative for Childhood Immunizations

August 24, 2020

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) this month launched its ‘Catch-up to Get Ahead’ initiative to increase childhood immunization rates in the wake of significant declines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign includes a toolkit containing graphics and sample posts for your social media networks as well as videos and a list of resources to help you spread the message to parents and caregivers. Access the toolkit here.

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Western Carolina Medical Society announces 2020 Dr. Brian Ling Memorial Scholarships

August 21, 2020

Every year, the Community Foundation of WNC’s advisory committee selects recipients for the Dr. Brian Ling Memorial Scholarship. It is our pleasure to announce two awardees this year: Amala Clawson of T.C. Roberson High School and Clarisse Sobremonte of Asheville High School.

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COVID-19 Severely Worsens Western NC’s Healthcare Coverage Gap

August 20, 2020

An estimated tens of thousands of new Western North Carolinians now fall in the healthcare coverage gap in large part due to COVID-19 and its destructive impact on the state’s economy. The new numbers come from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), and will be a touchpoint of a web forum put together by Care4Carolina on September 2

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What you need to know about Trump's telehealth and rural health executive order

August 7, 2020

President Trump on Monday signed an executive order aimed at making permanent some of the telehealth expansions that his administration facilitated in response to America's coronavirus epidemic and implementing a new payment model to provide financial incentives to rural providers delivering high-quality health care.

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Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation Receives COVID-19 “Fill the Gap” Grant from North Carolina Healthcare Foundation

August 6, 2020

The Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation (WCMSF) was recently awarded a $150,000 grant through the North Carolina Healthcare Foundation’s COVID-19 Fill the Gap Response Fund. The Fill the Gap Fund was created to rapidly meet critical needs of organizations across North Carolina as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MAHEC Awarded $1.8M to Expand Addiction Treatment Services Across WNC

July 21, 2020

Asheville, NC (July 20, 2020)— The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) $1.8 million over five years to increase the number of addiction specialists trained in primary care settings.

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The Social Bridging Project

July 10, 2020

The Social Bridging Project pairs older adults who feel isolated at home with trained student volunteers who can provide one or more of the following depending on your needs: 

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