Big News! New legislation in North Carolina to close the coverage gap

When We Close The Coverage Gap In 2019

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Hundreds of thousands of North Carolina families will finally be able to see a doctor when they need one.
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Our state will see an increase in economic growth and job creation
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We will bring tax money home from Washington, D.C.

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More than half a million North Carolinians can’t see a doctor when they need one because reliable health insurance is out of reach. North Carolina can take advantage of available federal funding to get health coverage to those who really need it, as 37 other states have done - including our neighbors in Virginia.

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Healthcare Can’t Wait

Covering more uninsured people reduces health care costs for everyone, even for those who have their own private health insurance. When people can’t afford basic care, they often wind up in the ER with preventable - and very expensive - health crises. Hospitals have to eat the cost – and those costs are passed along to the rest of us. That’s why premiums for people who buy their own health insurance are now significantly lower in the 37 states that have expanded Medicaid.

Let’s make 2019 the year that North Carolina joins the majority of states that have brought affordable health insurance to those who really need it.

 

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Bring Dollars Home

It’s our turn to bring federal dollars back to North Carolina. By using available federal funds, we’ll bring more of our tax money home from Washington, D.C. every year – funds that have been going to other states instead.

This will help pay for the Medicaid expansion, boost our economy and create thousands of new jobs here in North Carolina. 

The measure will also save money by significantly reducing state and county costs for treating uninsured patients in emergency rooms, the most expensive way to provide care. That means hospitals in rural areas won’t face closure because of the massive cost of providing uncompensated care to North Carolinians who have no insurance.

Grow Our Economy

Affordable health coverage is critical for a strong work force. Getting health coverage to those who really need it would make it easier for people to go to work, keep their jobs, and to look for a job. Healthier workers mean a healthier economy.

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We Can’t Wait

Without health coverage, hardworking North Carolina families face serious financial hardship.

For example, a parent with two children who earns $10,000 a year makes too much for Medicaid in North Carolina. But buying private health insurance in the marketplace is far out of reach. That doesn’t make any sense. This means people often go without the basic health care they need.

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A baker in Wilmington works hard to earn $17,000 a year, but earns too much for Medicaid. It’s time to fix that. Healthcare can’t wait!

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A family of four in Raleigh that earns $19,000 makes too much for Medicaid. It’s time to fix that. Healthcare can’t wait!

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A woman taking care of her aging mother in Lumberton can’t see a doctor when she needs to. It’s time to fix that. Healthcare can’t wait!

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Healthcare Can't Wait Stories

These are real stories of real people being impacted by lack of access to reliable health coverage. Add your story on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #HealthcareCantWait

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Eryka

Location: Wake Forest, NC
Career in early childhood: 2 years

Like most parents, Eryka puts her children first. As a single mom of young children, she plans her budget very carefully each week. After rent, food, electricity, and gas to get to work, buying private health insurance is far out of reach for her...
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Meranda

Location: Wake Forest, NC
Career in early childhood: 6 years

Meranda is 23 and loves her work teaching toddlers. She enrolled in early college in high school in order to get her early childhood degree and get to work sooner. She has been uninsured for over a year...
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L.H.

Location: Garner (Johnston County), NC
Career in early childhood: 7 years

L.H. has worked with infants in early childhood education for seven years. She works full time and is a mother of two young children. She hasn’t had health insurance in years...
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