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Tue October 24, 2006
18th House District Race: Health Care
By Catherine M. Welch
Wilmington, NC – WHQR this week is asking candidates in two state house races five questions on some of the most pressing issues facing North Carolina. Focusing on the 18th District House race, the issue is health care for a growing senior population.
This is the second time Republican Frankie Roberts has challenged Thomas Wright for the 18th District seat.
Born in Wilmington, Roberts runs a non-profit that finds homes and jobs for ex-offenders.
Roberts says offering a reserve of benefits for care giving is one way the state can help make sure there is health care for the region's growing senior population.
Ways to leverage present health care with people sewing back into the process, so that the elderly can be taken very well care of.
Democrat Thomas Wrights is a native of Wilmington and is chairman of the House Committee on Health.
He says health care infrastructure needs to be focused across the region.
I think that we're well on our way. I think New Hanover Regional certainly beginning to collaborate, working with other hospitals in the region to accomplish that goal with their consortium.
The 18the House District represents portions of New Hanover and Pender Counties.