UPDATE ON CLOSING THE COVERAGE GAP IN NORTH CAROLINA BY EXPANDING MEDICAID (June 2021)
CLOSE THE MEDICAID COVERAGE GAP (April 2021)
ELECTION INTEGRITY (Oct 2020)
OPPOSE POLICE VIOLENCE (Jul 2020)
IMPROVE MAIL IN VOTING (Jun 2020)
MEDICAID EXPANSION HB 1040 (May 2020)
MEDICAID EXPANSION (April 2020)
In committing to the work of becoming anti-racist, we know that confronting our failures will be difficult and painful. Guided by faith and grace, we are willing to accept this challenge and to do the necessary work.
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READ OUR APRIL 2022 ALERT
DEMAND THAT THE GOVERNOR AND THE UTILITIES COMMISSION BLOCK DUKE ENERGY’S PLANS TO CUT REIMBURSEMENT FOR SOLAR ENERGY.
Led by the Quaker Testimonies of Stewardship and Equality/Social Justice, we ask you to oppose Duke Energy’s proposed changes to net metering and fees for home solar panels.
Duke Energy has filed a proposal with the N.C. Utilities Commission to change the way customers with rooftop solar panels are billed and credited for the energy they produce. Duke’s proposal would change the rules for ‘net metering’, which would make installing rooftop solar less affordable and less attractive to customers. It would increase the basic monthly fee for solar households, offer less for the energy generated by their solar panels, and have their rates based on the time of day they generate and use electricity.
This proposal will discourage households and businesses from investing in solar, slow the growth of rooftop solar installations and threaten North Carolina’s growing solar industry that has created many jobs. Beyond the impact of Duke’s solar proposal on current and potential customers, it would hurt all residents by reinforcing Duke Energy’s plans that rely largely on natural gas to generate electricity and slow the transition away from fossil fuels as a source of energy.
This is happening while climate scientists, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the Environmental Defense Fund say much more will be required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ‘decarbonize’ the entire economy to avoid a full-scale climate crisis.
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Please contact the Governor’s office by the means suggested above, and also consider writing a letter to your local paper or to the Raleigh News and Observer.
Your email, tweet or letter can be short with a few key points from the background above. Add a personal story, especially if you have installed solar at your house, business or Meeting, or are considering installing solar panels. We suggest:
- Thank the Governor for his leadership in confronting climate change with his Clean Energy Plan. Duke’s proposed rooftop solar rules will:
- Discourage customers from adding solar panels,
- Hurt the state’s growing solar industry and its good-paying jobs,
- Slow the pace of what is needed to reduce carbon emissions
- And work against efforts to meet the goals in the Governor’s Clean Energy Plan
- Ask Governor Cooper to act decisively to move North Carolina to a clean energy economy,
Consider penning a letter to the editor the Raleigh News and Observer and submit it HERE.
March 15, 2022
Led by our testimonies of Equality and Community, please help us close the Medicaid Coverage Gap in North Carolina by writing to the leaders of the Joint Legislative Committee on Access to Healthcare and Medicaid Expansion today!
A recent development – a potential game-changer – is that a joint NC House-Senate panel is currently studying health care access and possible expansion. It is possible that a vote on Medicaid expansion could occur this fall!
So now is the time to let committee members know that you support Medicaid Expansion to protect the health of our fellow North Carolinians and the economic future of the healthcare businesses in North Carolina!
Please introduce yourselves as members of Friends Committee on North Carolina Legislation and if possible, use a personal story about the impact that falling into the coverage gap had for you, your friends or family.
Address your emails to the Co-Chairs and Vice Chair of the Legislative Committee on Access to Healthcare and Medicaid Expansion:
Senator Joyce Krawiec, Co-Chair: Joyce.Krawiec@ncleg.gov
Representative Donny Lambeth, Co-Chair: Donny.Lambeth@ncleg.gov
Representative Larry Potts, Vice Chair: Larry.Potts@ncleg.gov
Also, please contact your representatives and ask them to make these concerns known to the Joint Legislative Committee and call for action to expand Medicaid.
And finally, send a short letter to the editor of your local newspaper calling for action by the legislature to expand Medicaid and include the names of your representatives and the Chairs of the Legislative Committee on Access to Healthcare and Medicaid Expansion in the letter.
Our suggested script for an email or phone call follows:
“Hello, my name is ______ and I’m from (town) and am a member of the Friends Committee on North Carolina Legislation, an organization created to advocate for legislation and good government practices that embody the Quaker testimonies of peace, simplicity, equality, community, integrity and stewardship.
I am contacting your office to ask you to please support a broad expansion of Medicaid in North Carolina. As a Quaker it is my belief, based on our testimonies of Equality and Community, that quality healthcare should be available to all. Yet here in North Carolina, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, this is not the case. We see the potential for the poorest and most vulnerable among us to bear the greatest burden. North Carolina is one of just a dozen states that hasn’t expanded Medicaid to working adults as provided under the 2010 federal health care law. About 600,000 working North Carolinians currently ineligible for Medicaid and who cannot afford health insurance would be covered by expanding Medicaid.
We believe that Medicaid expansion would create the best opportunity for a comprehensive solution to the healthcare needs associated with COVID-19 and other critical illnesses. The American Rescue Plan provides additional funds to support Medicaid expansion; our funding obligation has been cut to 5% of the total cost, with no need to cost share for at least six years. Expanding Medicaid coverage would also extend a lifeline to rural hospitals, create thousands of jobs, and provide access to health care for substance abuse, diabetes, and other conditions.
Please support a broad expansion of Medicaid in North Carolina and help our state’s uninsured gain access to the healthcare services they need. Thank you for your consideration of this matter.”
Energy Generation Bill
August 5, 2021
FCNCL Policy Statement: “Led by the Quaker testimonies of Stewardship and Equality, we urge greater attention to environmental protection measures.”
FCNCL urges its members to tell their Senators immediately that they oppose House Bill 951, the Modernize Energy Generation bill that was passed by the NC House on July 15th. It currently sits before the Senate Agriculture, Energy, and Environment Committee, and it may move toward a vote by the full Senate soon and with little warning.
We join with other concerned organizations (among others, the North Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club, Audubon NC. NC Warn, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the NC Council of Churches) in urging you to contact your state senator (https://ncleg.gov/FindYourLegislators) and express your concern about this bill for the following reasons:
- It decreases consumer protection from rapidly rising utility rates which could result in a 50% increase in power bills over the next decade.
- >It marries our state to fossil fuel power generation into the future. While federal energy plans call for closing natural gas plants by the end of the 2030’s, this bill would have new gas plants coming online around that time.
- It will not enable our state to meet the 70% carbon reduction by the year 2030 that is necessary to avoid catastrophic climate change.
- It weakens the authority of the NC Utilities Commission.
- It weakens the ability of our governor to lead North Carolina toward a clean energy future by banning North Carolina’s admission to the East Coast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
FCNCL asks whether any bill affecting our state’s people, environment, and energy future should be written in secret. The late hour amendment barring Governor Cooper from cooperating with surrounding states to reduce carbon emissions is particularly concerning.
For more information, please see the resources below: