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with release of emergency funds

The North Carolina AIDS Drug Assistance Program will extend access to life-sustaining medications to all 278 North Carolinians who were on its waiting list as of the end of July, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

The move comes after the Obama Administration announced last month that it would release new funds to fight the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. North Carolina received $3 million in emergency funding from the federal Health Resources and Service Administration.


Much was made of the size and complexity of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act when President Obama signed it into law in 2010. But now that the Supreme Court has upheld much of the act's constitutionality, it's a good time to review key provisions that have already gone live and to plot out what's expected to happen in the next two years.

Changes already in place include:

• Children under 19 cannot be denied coverage because of preexisting conditions.

• Adult children may remain on parents' medical plan until they turn 26.

• Lifetime insurance maximum payouts were eliminated. In addition, annual coverage limits are being phased out. Effective September 23, 2012, the annual limit increases to $2 million.


Angel Medical Center in Franklin, has announced that Robert J. Adams, MD has joined its physician team.

“The leadership of Angel Medical Center is so pleased to have Doctor Adams become part of our team of physicians,” said Paula Altar, vice-president of Physician Relations. “He will be serving as a Hospitalist and brings with him nearly 40 years experience.”

Dr. Adams comes to Angel Medical from the WestCare Health System where he served as Hospitalist and Clinical Director of the Hospitalist Service.

“Many times patients are admitted to the hospital that do not have a primary care physician or are from out-of-town. That’s where our Hospitalists come in,” stated Bonnie Peggs, director of Marketing and Public Relations.


Summer has become synonymous with superhero blockbusters, but there’s no need for tights and a cape to be someone’s hero. The Red Cross is asking local citizens to “Find the Hero In You” by giving blood or hosting a blood drive. By supporting the Red Cross, anyone can be a hero to a neighbor in need of lifesaving blood.

“I want to thank our local heroes who make it a priority to give back by giving blood and hosting blood drives,” said Joyce Brendel, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region. “Summer tends to keep many donors away from blood donation centers and blood drives, but the Red Cross must be prepared to respond to patient emergencies with blood products.”


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