Medicaid Expansion

Medicaid Expansion will help hard-working, low-income families gain the security of qualityhealth coverage and get lifesaving care when they need it– without facing huge medical bills.Let’s close the coverage gap in North Carolina. 71% of our state’s voters across party lines sayhealth care is their top priority.We can increase access to affordable health care by expanding Medicaid in North Carolina.People who live in the “coverage gap” earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough toafford private insurance. If North Carolina closed the coverage gap by expanding Medicaid,over 600,000 people would get access to affordable, reliable health insurance. Medicaid Expansion will help hard-working, low-income families gain the security of qualityhealth coverage and get lifesaving care when they need it– without facing huge medical bills.

Let’s close the coverage gap in North Carolina. 71% of our state’s voters across party lines sayhealth care is their top priority.We can increase access to affordable health care by expanding Medicaid in North Carolina.People who live in the “coverage gap” earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough toafford private insurance. If North Carolina closed the coverage gap by expanding Medicaid,over 600,000 people would get access to affordable, reliable health insurance.

63% of people in the coverage gap are from working families. They are often farmers,fishermen, firefighters, veterans, childcare workers and small business owners– alloccupations that don’t offer affordable health insurance.A family of four earning $12,000 makes too much for the parents to qualify for Medicaid inNorth Carolina. But until they earn more than $25,100, they don’t qualify for subsidies onthe Health Insurance Marketplace. Medicaid Expansion will help hard-working, low-income families gain the security of qualityhealth coverage and get lifesaving care when they need it– without facing huge medical bills.Let’s close the coverage gap in North Carolina.

71% of our state’s voters across party lines sayhealth care is their top priority.We can increase access to affordable health care by expanding Medicaid in North Carolina.People who live in the “coverage gap” earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private insurance. If North Carolina closed the coverage gap by expanding Medicaid,over 600,000 people would get access to affordable, reliable health insurance.

Closing the coverage gap is good for our economy! Expanding Medicaid would bring $4billion dollars in additional federal funding into the the North Carolina economy every year. Without expansion, North Carolina will miss out on 43,314 potential new jobs and more than$21 billion in state business activity. Reliable health insurance makes a huge difference for avoiding foreclosures and evictions.In states that have expanded Medicaid, residents are 25% less likely to miss a rent or mortgage payment.When people can get the health care they need, they live healthier lives, and are moreproductive, reliable workers. Leaving people uninsured drives up health care costs for everyone. Health insurancepremiums for people who buy their own health insurance are 7% lower in states that haveexpanded Medicaid than in states that haven’t.
Our Economy: Expanding Medicaid helps our economy
We Are Down Home http://www.dhnc.info/Medicaid



FAQ

North Carolina Medicaid Expansion (p.2)
30,000 uninsured veterans and an additional 23,000 spouses and children of these veterans are alsouninsured. More than 12,000 of these veterans fall within North Carolina’s coverage gap.In 2017, nearly 5% of North Carolina’s children had no health insurance – that’s 119,000 kids goingwithout the care they need to grow and be healthy. When parents have health insurance, they have healthier babies, are better able to stay healthy andcare for their children, and their kids are more likely to have and use health coverage.Closing the coverage gap would help fight the opioid epidemic by providing access to mental healthcare, helping families everywhere.NC ranks 39th in the nation in infant mortality. Across the nation, fewer newborns die in states thathave expanded Medicaid than in those that have not. The greatest progress is among African-American infants, who have the highest rate of infantmortality in our state.From 1999 to 2016, more than 12,000 North Carolinians have died from opioid-related overdoses. Ifwe closed our coverage gap, up to 150,000 people who need care for mental health or substance usecould get access to insurance coverage. Substance use treatment is expensive. When people don’t have reliable health insurance, they oftenhave no option to get the treatment they need to get their lives back on track. Over the past decade, more kids entered foster care due to an increase in substance use, includingopioid use, in their families. With Medicaid expansion, uninsured parents could get the treatmentthey need, and keep their families together.
Our Veterans: Expanding Medicaid would help veterans and their familiesOur Children: Expanding Medicaid protects North Carolina’s childrenThe Opioid Crisis: Medicaid Expansion directly addresses the impacts of substance use on ourfamilies, healthcare and economic systems
When people can’t afford basic care, they often wind up in the ER with preventable – and veryexpensive – health crises. When patients can’t pay for health care costs but have to seek care, hospitals often pay the cost.Hospitals often offset that loss by charging higher rates for insured patients and payers. This “cost-shifting” translates into higher premiums for every individual and employers who buy healthinsurance, as well as higher out-of-pocket costs for hospital services. Uncompensated care costsdrive up cost for everybody– individuals as well as medical facilities. Theses costs may be seen asdirectly contributing to the potential for our most vulnerable rural medical facilities to close theirdoors.The coverage gap disproportionately impacts people living in North Carolina’s rural communities,which are already underserved. Rural hospitals are 84% less likely to close in states that have expanded Medicaid.
Our Medical Systems: Expanding Medicaid protects our state health care systems
We Are Down Home http://www.dhnc.info/Medicaid

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