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A report from the Urban Institute found that the percent of newly unemployed people who will lose health insurance during the pandemic in states that haven’t expanded Medicaid will be almost twice as high compared to states who have.
In non-expansion states like North Carolina, their model predicted that, “of the 6 million who have lost employer-sponsored health insurance, 2.4 million, or 40 percent, could find themselves uninsured.”
As Speaker of the North Carolina House, Thom Tillis blocked Medicaid expansion, paving the way for Republican legislators in North Carolina to stand in the way of Governor Cooper expanding Medicaid today. Even as the coronavirus has left millions unemployed and forced off their employer coverage, Senate Leader Phil Berger said this week that Medicaid expansion is still off the table.
Now more than ever, North Carolina needs to expand Medicaid and help close the growing coverage gap. That is why Cal Cunningham called for a Medicaid expansion incentive in the next coronavirus relief package, which would allow states like North Carolina to receive a 100 percent federal match regardless of when they expand.
Unlike Thom Tillis, who is allowing the administration to move forward with a lawsuit that would dismantle the Affordable Care Act during a global pandemic, Cal Cunningham will fight to protect and improve the critical health care law that has saved lives.
Read more about the report below.
By William Munn – May 19, 2020