MEDIA RELEASE: New Fact Sheet Highlights Urgent Need To Expand Medicaid

MEDIA RELEASE: New Fact Sheet Highlights Issues Surrounding Urgent Need To Expand Medicaid
Today’s release from the NC Justice Center’s Health Access Coalition shows expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act would contain costs and improve quality of care

RALEIGH (March 20, 2014) – North Carolina’s leaders chose to reject federal funding for an expansion of Medicaid this past legislative session. A new paper released today examines the results of that decision and shows that, to contain costs, improve care and keep pace with other states, North Carolina should expand Medicaid.

In 2013, Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly chose not to expand Medicaid to those with incomes below 133 percent of the federal poverty line. Consequently, North Carolina today is among a minority of 24 states not receiving federal Medicaid expansion funding.

To keep pace with other states, North Carolina should expand Medicaid. Some other “holdout” states, such as New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Utah, are already moving towards accepting funding while states like Iowa are implementing expansion this year.

As the 2014 General Assembly session nears, the question of whether to accept the federal Medicaid dollars likely will be debated again. The fact sheet provides a brief overview of key issues – economic and health-related -- for North Carolina policymakers and stakeholders to consider.

The paper is available at: http://www.ncjustice.org/?q=ncs-medicaid-choice-options-and-implications

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Adam Searing, 919.856.2568; or Jeff Shaw, jeff@ncjustice.org, 503.551.3615 (cell).

 

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