On February 27, North Carolinians from the mountains to the sea will join together in Raleigh to tell our lawmakers that we want to close the health insurance coverage gap by expanding Medicaid during this legislative session. We would love for you to join us!
The day will begin at the NC Museum of History with an advocacy training and policy education session featuring some great speakers, including DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen as our keynote. A press conference will follow the morning session, and we encourage everyone to make appointments to meet with their state representatives and state senators in the NC General Assembly in the afternoon!
This event is kid-friendly, and travel, accommodations, and meal assistance are available.
Read our latest report on Medicaid: Profiling North Carolina’s Uninsured: How Expanding Medicaid Can Make a Difference
With one of the largest uninsured populations in the country, North Carolina is home to far too many people who lack the regular health car access and financial security that comprehensive health care coverage provides. In an economic landscape in which employers consider health outcomes in their location and expansion decisions, North Carolina’s 10.7 percent uninsured rate—the 10th highest in the nation—makes us less competitive. Moreover, it limits the ability of our residents to thrive. After all, having health insurance improves the health and economic security of individuals and communities. When people have coverage, they are more likely to have a source of regular health care, get the quality care they need, and report better health outcomes. When uninsured people gain coverage, they are less likely to face high out-of-pocket costs and less likely to incur medical debt, giving them a better shot at prospering in today’s economy.
In this report, we use the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey data to provide an updated profile of the uninsured in North Carolina. The uninsured include men and women of all ages and backgrounds in all parts of the state. Many of these individuals work in critical industries like construction and food service, and for small businesses that don’t offer health coverage to their employees. Hundreds of thousands of these uninsured North Carolinians are stuck in a coverage gap because they don’t qualify for Medicaid under North Carolina’s current eligibility rules, but they earn too little to qualify for subsidies to afford their own private plan.
By adopting Medicaid expansion, North Carolina can vastly reduce the uninsured population, thereby putting more money into the pockets of North Carolina households and improving health outcomes in our communities.