GREENVILLE, NC - During its February meeting, the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voiced a unanimous call to halt changes to the State Health Plan until the issue can be thoroughly vetted for impacts to the healthcare of all affected North Carolinians. Specifically, the board passed the following resolution:
Due to the potential impacts to the well-being of eastern North Carolinians and the region's economy, the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce strongly requests that the State Treasurer, and Pitt County Legislative Delegation pass a resolution that the State Treasurer halt the implementation of a reference-based reimbursement strategy for the State Health Plan so that alternate cost savings and efficiencies can be developed in conjunction with the North Carolina Healthcare Association, North Carolina Medical Society, and North Carolina Nursing Association. Utilization of a collaborative process with the provider partners would ensure transparency and control for potential prejudices while simultaneously working to identify ways to address the solvency concerns of the State Health Plan.
The Chamber fully understands that there are severe issues that need to be addressed with the solvency of the State Health Plan; however, eastern North Carolina's access to quality healthcare should not be an afterthought in this discussion. If enacted, the State Treasurer's plan would eviscerate our regional healthcare system and negatively impact all of our members, including those currently enrolled in the State Health Plan. Teachers, state employees, and everyday citizens of Pitt County, and especially our surrounding regions, could see significant reductions in the availability and affordability of quality healthcare that we have grown accustomed to receiving.
The Chamber encourages all of its members to support eastern North Carolina by voicing your support for a thoughtful, collaborate approach to addressing the State Health Plan through the passage of House Bill 184. For more information, visit vidanthealth.com/Campaigns/Stand-up-for-ENC.