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Without Action from Lawmakers, NC’s Child Uninsured Rate Expected to RiseRead
In our state, over 1 million people are without health insurance. Many of NC’s uninsured are working on the front lines of COVID-19 – in places like child care, food service, and nursing homes. Expanding Medicaid can help working families pull through incredibly difficult times. The economic impacts of the pandemic have hit low-wage working North Carolinians hardest of all. Expanding Medicaid right now will make sure that people who lost hours or jobs can still get affordable health care.
Expanding Medicaid could make all the difference. Lend your voice to help bring affordable healthcare to North Carolina families!
North Carolina’s leaders have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring affordable health coverage to our state so we can build back stronger from COVID-19. States are making changes to Medicaid to protect their residents from COVID-19. North Carolina can, too.
Most states have already taken this step. 38 other states have taken the federal funding to expand Medicaid. They are experiencing better health outcomes and positive fiscal impact. Not one state has reversed this decision since 2010.
Health care providers are calling for Medicaid expansion to fight COVID-19. Expanding Medicaid would bring in much more funding for rural hospitals. Since 2010, seven rural hospitals have closed in North Carolina. We cannot afford to lose any more health care capacity.
Affordable health coverage helps small businesses. Many small businesses can’t afford to offer health coverage to employees – even in the best of times. Expanding Medicaid can build a healthier workforce for businesses like restaurants, tourism, and child care, hit hardest by COVID-19.
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.