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Medicaid Expansion

North Carolina has 10 million residents, and more than 600,000 of them - many children - could benefit from the expansion of Medicaid. North Carolinians already send tax dollars to the federal government, which disperses some of that money to the 33 states with expanded Medicaid. By not taking advantage of this option, we are allowing our residents to pay for healthcare in other states.

 

Instead, I believe that the General Assembly should make Medicaid expansion a priority now to help improve health outcomes for our residents. With Medicaid expansion, many people with chronic illnesses requiring medication, such as diabetes and asthma, could get needed treatment. More rural health clinics and doctors’ offices could remain open as the people in those areas would have health coverage. Further, more people could become gainfully employed in the medical field because of increased demand for services.

 

Most importantly, we could do right by our friends and neighbors who work but cannot afford health insurance. They would be relieved from choosing between healthcare and other necessities or a massive debt burden. We should expand Medicaid because, simply put, it is the right thing to do. We need to make it work!