Adam Searing serves as Director of the Health Access Coalition for the North Carolina Justice Center. The Health Access Coalition is North Carolina’s leading voice for progressive health care reforms that address the needs of the uninsured and underinsured. The project advocates both for more comprehensive and effective public health care programs and on behalf of average consumers in the private market. During his tenure, Searing has: fought to keep health plans and hospitals nonprofit and community-focused, won and helped implement expansions of the state Medicaid program, helped pass a model state’s Children's Health Insurance Program and worked hard to help secure passage of the national health reform law. Mr. Searing also teaches a class in policy and politics at the University of North Carolina public health school where he is part of educating a new generation of public health professionals. In 2012 he was named a Health Advocate of the Year by the national consumer group Families USA.