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ATTENTION MEDICAID BENEFICIARIES: NOTICE OF YOUR RIGHTS UNDER HAWKINS v. COHEN

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA

MARCIA ELENA QUINTEROS HAWKINS, ALICIA FRANKLIN, VANESSA LACHOWSKI, and KYANNA SHIPP, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated,

 

Plaintiffs,

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MANDY COHEN, in her official capacity as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services,

Defendant.

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Civil Case No.:  5:17-cv-00581-FL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATTENTION MEDICAID BENEFICIARIES: NOTICE OF YOUR RIGHTS UNDER HAWKINS v. COHEN

Hawkins v. Cohen (5:17-CV-581 E.D.N.C.) is a federal lawsuit filed in 2017 on behalf of Medicaid beneficiaries in North Carolina. The case concerns improper terminations of Medicaid benefits.

The Court hearing the case has certified it as a class action. This means that the case is to help not just the people who filed the case but other Medicaid beneficiaries whose Medicaid has been or will be terminated improperly.

The Court has ordered the N.C. Medicaid agency to stop terminations or reductions of Medicaid benefits until eligibility under all Medicaid categories has been considered and advance notice of the right to a hearing has been mailed to you.   For example, if you get Medicaid based on having a minor child who is turning eighteen years old, your county Department of Social Services must consider whether you are disabled before they stop your Medicaid.

If you have any questions about this lawsuit or about your rights, you may contact the attorneys who filed the case, the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy. You can reach these lawyers by calling this toll free number: 1-800-936-4971. You can also send the lawyers an email at Hawkinsinfo@charlottelegaladvocacy.org.

You also may contact these lawyers if you want to report that you lost your Medicaid without a decision that you were no longer eligible for Medicaid under any category or without receiving advance written notice that your Medicaid would stop. There is no cost to you for any help that these lawyers provide to you.

A printable version of this information may be found here.

 

Don’t Pay to File your Taxes

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Please see more information on the flyer below, and click here to set up an account to file taxes through MyFreeTaxes!
A printable version of the flyer is located here.

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Surgeon General’s Advisory on E-cigarette Use Among Youth

Surgeon General’s Advisory on E-cigarette Use Among Youth

E-cigarette use has recently surged among youth, fueled by new e-cigarette types that look like a USB flash drive and other shapes. One of the most commonly sold USB flash drive shaped e-cigarettes is JUUL, and other companies are now starting to sell e-cigarettes that look like USB flash drives. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which can harm the developing adolescent brain.

The Surgeon General urges immediate action to protect our nation’s young people from the addiction to nicotine. The advisory encourages many different stakeholders to take action to protect our nation’s youth from this health risk, including parents, teachers, health professionals, and states, communities, tribes, and territories.

Learn more at http://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov

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GenX Biomonitoring Report- November 13th, 2018

Here is the final report related to the biomonitoring investigation to determine if GenX and other PFAS could be detected in the blood and urine of residents living near the Fayetteville Works facility. The completed report does not share any new findings related to the information released in October. It expands on the results of the investigation conducted to improve understanding of exposure to GenX and other PFAS among people living near a manufacturing facility in Bladen County, NC. The previous press release highlighted a summary of results available here and it included a generic version of the letter sent to participants.

Link to Biomonitoring Report
https://epi.publichealth.nc.gov/oee/pfas/NCDHHS_PFAS%20Biomonitoring%20Report_8Nov2018.pdf 

Link to GenX and Other PFAS Overview
https://epi.publichealth.nc.gov/oee/a_z/genx.html

2019 Affordable Care Act (ACA) Open Enrollment

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Open Enrollment for 2019 takes place November 1st- December 15th 2018

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Get in person assistance at Pender County Health Department- 803 South Walker Street Burgaw NC 28425

Appointment only. Contact Salina Dixon 910-259-1179

For questions, or apply by phone, contact the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325)

http://healthcare.gov

 

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