NC HEALTH REPORT: Privatizing NC Medicaid a big mistake; Medicaid expansion controversy

May 14, 2013

Medicaid Expansion

In this excellent and short radio interview, the Health Access Coalition’s Adam Linker explains in clear and simple terms why Governor Pat McCrory’s proposal to privatize Medicaid will reduce the quality of care and cost the state money.

Continuing Medicaid Controversy

Be sure to check out Rose Hoban’s original story where she broke the bombshell about NC DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos claiming the decision of Governor McCrory and the NC legislature to reject millions in federal money to expand Medicaid was actually made by the NC Commissioner of Insurance.

NC Policy Watch’s Sarah Ovaska also reported on NC Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin’s request for an apology and correction from Secretary Wos for her public claim that the Commissioner was the one responsible for rejecting federal money for Medicaid expansion under the ACA.

And I posted the photo of Secretary Wos’s boss, Governor Pat McCrory, smiling and signing the bill that rejected federal dollars for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

To understand the depth of feeling over this issue, Secretary Wos may want to read Nicole Dozier and Sandy Irving’s conversation over at the NC Council of Churches, which goes directly to the moral case of why NC should accept federal money to expand Medicaid.

Business Cost of Rejecting Medicaid Expansion

Finally, in this short video I explain why Governor McCrory and the NC General Assembly’s decision to reject federal money for expanding health coverage to families under Medicaid will cost NC businesses at least $65 million next year. You can see the Jackson Hewitt Tax Service report I reference here.

Make Your Voice Heard

DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos will be in Durham tomorrow. You can go and ask her personally who she thinks led NC to reject millions in federal dollars to expand Medicaid – her boss Governor McCrory or the Commissioner of Insurance.
Where: Durham Hilton, 3800 Hillsborough Rd., Durham, NC
When:  Wednesday, May 15, 4:00 p.m.



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