April 18, 2018
Physicians for a National Health Program leader Dr. Ed Weisbart will speak on “What Does ‘Medicare for All’ Mean for Medical Practice, Physicians, Patients and the USA?”
When: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Where: All Souls Cathedral Zabriskie Hall, 9 Swan Street, Asheville
April 11, 2018
Dr. Robert Kline has shared an article with the Western Carolina Medical Society that he wrote for Physicians for a National Health Program. Dr. Kline eagerly wanted to share with his colleagues from WNC.
March 8, 2018
Civil Surgeon needed for WNC region.
January 22, 2018
WCMS is proud to advocate in collaboration with the Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council, along with other local food councils across North Carolina, to sponsor a campaign to protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other nutrition programs from cuts or major restructuring.
Local food councils strive to bring our communities together to work on issues related to food, health and agriculture. We have launched this campaign because SNAP and other nutrition programs are critical to the wellbeing of children, elderly, and families living with food insecurity, and because their future will be the subject of Congressional debate early in 2018. SNAP receipts are also very important to the food and agricultural economy within our state.
As the 2018 Farm Bill is debated in Congress, all of us in Congressional District 10 who are concerned about the nutritional needs of our neighbors at risk of hunger and food insecurity need to speak up and defend the programs that have proven to be effective.
Specifically, our statement urges Congressman Patrick McHenry and Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis to reject any proposals that:
- cut funding to SNAP or other federal nutrition programs,
- shift costs to the states, or
- otherwise reduce benefits affecting low-income working families, children, the unemployed, or the elderly.
WCMS signed on to the letters for District 10 Representative Patrick McHenry and Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr. Click on this link for a sample letter to our legislators.
Senator Tillis SNAP Advocacy letter
October 11, 2017
I am writing from my desk in Hendersonville, NC.
September 26, 2017
Over the weekend and earlier today, changes were made to the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson health system reform legislation. These changes would primarily benefit a handful of states where Republican Senators have threatened to vote against the legislation on the floor. In addition, changes were made that seem intended to address Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) interest in providing still more flexibility to states under the proposed new block grant system. Highlights of the recent changes include the following:
- Directs more federal funding to key states, including Alaska, Arizona, Kentucky, and Maine:
- Tightens language regarding pre-existing conditions: states would have to describe how their health plans "shall maintain access to adequate and affordable health insurance coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions." The original language said each state had to show how it "intends" to have adequate and affordable access to coverage.
- States are given broad new authority to allow insurance companies to design new insurance rules for individuals and insurers that receive money through the block grant program. Under the new version, states would no longer be required to apply for waivers from many of the ACA’s patient protections; instead, states could let insurers impose deductibles that are higher than the limits set by the ACA, or remove the health law’s limits on the costs that an individual family can incur in a year entirely. They could also offer coverage that lacks some of the ACA’s essential health benefits, such as maternity care, prescription drugs or mental health. Plus, states could let insurers widen the gap between how much older people and young people are charged. And states could remove requirements that insurers cover preventive-health treatments and immunizations. This could result in insurers offering bare-bones insurance policies that feature cheaper premiums but higher out-of-pocket costs, thereby pricing out individuals with pre-existing conditions.
June 27, 2017
A lot of big numbers have been tossed around in the days since Senate leaders unveiled a “discussion draft” of legislation—dubbed the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA)—that would dramatically reshape how our country’s health system is financed.
June 22, 2017
The Senate released their version of the House passed American Health Care Act entitled the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.
May 5, 2017
Today the US House of Representatives passed a revised version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on a party line vote of 217-213.
May 4, 2017
The NCMS is strongly opposed to SB 629
April 28, 2017
Call your members of Congress and tell them to no on the American Health Care Act (AHCA).
April 26, 2017
On Tuesday, 4/25/17, WCMS issued an action alert to all WNC physicians on SB 629.
April 25, 2017
Carolina Cares Letter of Support
March 24, 2017
On March 22nd, CEO Miriam Schwarz and five politically fired-up WCMS physicians (L-R in picture: Drs. Samantha Read-Smith and Mark McNeill, Sen. Chuck Edwards, CEO Miriam Schwarz, Drs. Scott Langford, MaryShell Zaffino, and Mike Parmer,) traveled to Raleigh to meet with WNC legislators.
March 23, 2017
WCMS supports the Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act, with important modifications, such as (but not limited to):