The Power to Heal

— Written By N.C. Cooperative Extension

A film that tells of bringing equity to healthcare

Thursday, October 17th, 6-8 p.m.

Transylvania County Library Rogow Room

212 S. Gaston St., Brevard, NC 28712

Before Medicare, disparities in access to hospital care were dramatic. Less than half the nation’s hospitals served black and white patients equally, and in the South, 1/3 of hospitals would not admit African-Americans even for emergencies.

On Thursday, October 17, the Transylvania County Library will present The Power to Heal, an hour-long public television documentary that tells a poignant chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans. Central to the story is the tale of how a new national program, Medicare, was used to mount a dramatic, coordinated effort that desegregated thousands of hospitals across the country in a matter of months.

AARP and local representatives from the NC Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) have partnered to sponsor this film event. A discussion will follow the presentation, at which time audience members will be encouraged to reflect on advances made during the past 50 years to improve healthcare, where inequities might still exist, and the role Medicare plays in helping to ensure older adults receive the medical care they need.

This film comes at an important time for those receiving Medicare benefits, as the open enrollment period will occur from October 15 through December 7. This is the opportunity to make changes to Medicare coverage for 2020. The Transylvania County Library will feature a display of resources for information on Medicare throughout October.