Many of NC’s uninsured are working on the front lines of COVID-19 – in places like child care, food service, and nursing homes. Meanwhile the state legislature is turning down billions in federal health care dollars because they have not expanded our Medicaid program to cover more uninsured people.
Parents with two children who earn $12,000 make too much for Medicaid in North Carolina. However, they can’t get help buying health insurance in the marketplace until they earn $25,100. That doesn’t make any sense.
North Carolina can take advantage of available federal funding right now to bring health care to half a million people. Since 2014, 37 other states have done this by expanding the Medicaid program – including our neighbors in Virginia. Not one state has reversed this decision.
Getting coverage to uninsured people saves states money. Research in Montana, Colorado, Michigan, Louisiana, and Virginia found that expanding Medicaid resulted in significant savings to those states’ general funds.
Ask them to support legislation to bring affordable health care to North Carolina’s hard-working families.
The best tool we have is our numbers, our voices, and our networks—relatives, friends, neighbors, coworkers. We’ll keep you posted on opportunities to make your voice heard.
Brittany is a child care worker and parent of a child with special needs in Clayton, NC. Like many childcare workers, Brittany makes too much for Medicaid, but not enough to buy private health insurance. She would like to see a doctor for her chronic back pain, but she cannot afford the cost of uninsured visits. Across North Carolina, one in five child care workers like Brittany have no health coverage.