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NC Advocates to Host Virtual Town Hall to Highlight Challenges Faced by Rural Health Care

Town Hall comes as coronavirus crisis threatens NC’s rural hospitals on the frontlines

Members of the media may RSVP here or by emailing

Raleigh, N.C. – On Wednesday, April 8 at 6:00 p.m. EDT, Piedmont Rising will host a virtual town hall to discuss rural health care in North Carolina and the critical need to both protect the Affordable Care Act and expand Medicaid, especially as the coronavirus continues to spread across the state and country.

Across the country, rural communities have lost more than 100 hospitals in the past decade, including 19 in 2019 alone. North Carolina has lost more rural hospitals than almost any other state in the country.

The hour-long town hall will inform and empower North Carolinians to build an effective action plan during these unprecedented times and will feature policy experts and panelists who will speak to how we can lessen the negative repercussions of this pandemic across our most vulnerable communities.


  • Casey Wilkinson, Piedmont Rising Executive Director

  • Representative Brian Turner, HD-116, Buncombe County

WHAT: Virtual town hall to discuss rural health care, especially as related to Medicaid expansion and COVID-19

WHEN: Wednesday, April 8th, 6:00PM

MEDIA RSVP: Press interested in joining the virtual town hall may register HERE or RSVP to Jessica Coscia at


About Piedmont Rising

Piedmont Rising is a 501 (c)4 issue advocacy organization built by and for North Carolinians to advocate for lower insurance premiums and prescription drug costs and to ensure that more people have access to safe and affordable health care. Through grassroots organizing, education, and engagement, we are amplifying our health care stories and holding our elected officials accountable to the people, and issues they were elected to represent.

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