RALEIGH (May 25, 2022) – The North Carolina Justice Center applauds the Senate for filing an amendment to HB 149 which would expand Medicaid eligibility in North Carolina, allowing more than 600,000 North Carolinians to receive the life-saving health care they need. While the bill must pass in the Senate and House, this is a crucial first step in getting Medicaid expansion across the finish line and making North Carolina the 39th state to expand Medicaid.

In addition to delivering peace of mind to many uninsured people who have delayed care for fear of out-of-pocket costs, Medicaid expansion will help rural hospitals remain open and represents a critical step to reducing health inequities. Expanding now will also bring an additional $1.5 billion into the state over two years, thanks to a provision included in the American Rescue Plan Act.

While we thank the North Carolina Senate for coming together to expand Medicaid, the proposed work reporting requirements unnecessarily erect administratively expensive barriers for struggling North Carolinians, and the complex bureaucracy puts people already working at risk of losing care.