TALKING POINTS: The Benefits of Closing the Coverage Gap by Expanding Access to Medicaid Coverage

By Brendan Riley
Policy Analyst, Health Advocacy Project
May 2017

Closing the health insurance coverage gap by expanding access to Medicaid would:

  • Cover roughly half a million North Carolinians who make too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to get help to buy a private plan.
  • Reduce the number of uninsured, including working families and veterans.
  • Equip NC to address the opioid epidemic by providing access to substance use disorder treatment and behavioral health services.
  • Increase access to low-cost primary care and preventive screenings, which reduces dependence on emergency rooms and increases diagnoses of and treatment for medical conditions.
  • Create jobs and economic activity for our entire state.
  • Recruit billions in federal funding, increase state revenue — in turn practically paying for itself.
  • Reduce uncompensated care costs for our struggling rural hospitals.
  • Promote financial security for patients by reducing medical debt.
  • Reduce premiums for half a million North Carolinians who buy their own individual private health plans.

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