Public Health & Safety

All-Day Enrollment Blitz Healthcare Signup

The Chapel Hill Public Library will be hosting an all-day enrollment session from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 24, to sign up for the Affordable Care Act. In addition, the library and its community partners will continue to offer regular sessions in their enclosed computer lab for residents to meet one-on-one with Certified Application Counselors throughout the month of March. Reservations and walk-ins will be available during these free, regularly scheduled sessions. Call the library at 919-968-2780 for session times, reservations, and to find out what information to bring in order to get signed up with a healthcare plan.

Certified Application Counselor Kate Douglas Torrey notes, "With the March 31 deadline for 2014 enrollment fast approaching, it is really important for folks without health insurance to sign up, avoid the penalty, and get covered. Did you know that from Oct. 1 through Dec. 23, 89 percent of those who enrolled in North Carolina got some financial assistance - affordable health care is now within reach for many people." Librarian Shannon Bailey adds, "The counselors are doing an amazing job assisting so many citizens, helping them through the process and facilitating signup."

The Chapel Hill Public Library is partnering with UNC Healthcare, the League of Women Voters of Orange-Durham-Chatham, Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, and UNC's Student Health Action Coalition. To learn more and stay posted on ACA services at the Library, stop by the library, visit their website, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

A department of the Town of Chapel Hill, the Chapel Hill Public Library offers connections, choices, and community. To find out more about the library, its collections, programs, and services, visit or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.


Monday, March 24, 2014 - 10:00am to 8:00pm


Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Heart Month draws to a close

February is heart month, now drawing to its close. Have a heart. Don’t break a heart. Extend your heart to others, to your work, to your professional legacy. Do you love what you do? Is your heart in it? Can you find away to attach your passion to your work? If so, you’re a lucky person, cause when you love what you’re doing, it scarcely feels like work anymore.

Sometimes it’s the work you love. Often it’s the people you work with. Get involved in a volunteer project. March for a charity. Get positive. Stay positive. Have a heart.

And GIVE your heart.  Are you an organ donor? If not, click here and learn more:  

Medicaid Expansion Resolution at Town Council, Monday, 2/24

On Monday, 2/24, the Chapel Hill Town Council will debate on passing a resolution calling upon the State Legislature and the Governor to expand Medicaid. This is an opportunity, under the Affordable Care Act, to enroll up to 500,000 uninsured adults in our state whose income is below 138% of the Federal Poverty Line.  Similar resolutions have been past by the Durham City Council and the Orange County Board of Commissioners.

The Resolution points out that our NC State Legislature can at any time accept available federal money to expand Medicaid to our poorest NC citizens. This would provide about 30,000 medical jobs in our state and insure that NC tax dollars stay in NC to serve our citizens and our state economy.


Kathleen Murray

Member of Healthcare for all NC 


 It appears that as far as I can see on the political scene that there is a civil war here in orange county between liberal democrats and  conservative republicans. Where are the moderates of both parties.  Which of the current candidates of either party declare that he or she is a moderate liberal democrat or moderate conservative republican . Perhaps I might  declare I"M  a moderate liberal republican.  Gary Kahn

What Is A Liberal Republican

The Orange County Republican Party defines it self as its 2 favorite presidents are Abe Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. At a recent party meeting this issue came up, and I said openly to this group my favorite Republican Presidents were Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt. There  response was  it makes sense a Republican from Chapel Hill would think that.  I said my third favorite was President Eisenhower. Gary   Kahn



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