TAKE ACTION! Tell NC Lawmakers: Don’t Block Medicaid Expansion!
On Friday, January 6, Governor Roy Cooper notified the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services of his plan to join 31 states and the District of Columbia to close the Coverage Gap.
For over three years conservative lawmakers have blocked efforts to ensure that all North Carolina residents who make too little for Marketplace coverage but too much for Medicaid coverage have access to coverage to get the health care they need when they need it.
For each year that lawmakers failed to close the Coverage Gap, the state:
- Missed out on $2 billion in federal funds,
- Further strained the budgets of rural hospitals, and
- Jeopardized the financial security of nearly 15,000 North Carolina families facing catastrophic medical bills.
In addition to providing economic benefits, closing the Coverage Gap would prevent 1,000 unnecessary deaths annually, help 12,000 veterans receive care, and connect 144,000 North Carolinians to services for untreated behavioral health and substance use disorders.
More importantly, most North Carolinians support plans to fix the health insurance gap. A poll conducted last year shows that both Democrats and Republicans support efforts to expand Medicaid. Overall, 72 percent of respondents wanted a plan to “fix the health insurance gap.”
TAKE ACTION! Tell House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger not to block efforts to close the coverage gap for 500,000 Tar Heels and create over 40,000 jobs throughout the state.