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On Tuesday, Oklahoma voters approved a measure to expand Medicaid, allowing at least 200,000 adults to gain health care coverage. North Carolina is now one of only 13 states that hasn’t expanded Medicaid, leaving hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians without health care coverage. On top of that, North Carolina’s rural hospitals are struggling to stay afloat in the midst of a public health crisis.
You can thank Thom Tillis for that. Here’s why:
As Speaker of the House, Thom Tillis blocked Medicaid expansion in North Carolina, preventing coverage of 634,000 North Carolinians today. Since then, he’s bragged about how he “stopped Obama’s Medicaid expansion cold and about “making it illegal” to expand Medicaid in North Carolina.
As the News & Observer reported yesterday, health care is a critical issue in the North Carolina Senate race and “Democrat Cal Cunningham has positioned himself as a defender of the law and proponent of Medicaid expansion in his race against Republican Sen. Thom Tillis.”
North Carolina is falling behind, and as more people become unemployed due to COVID-19, the coverage gap for health insurance will continue to grow. Cal Cunningham has repeatedly called on Congress to pass a Medicaid expansion incentive, to make sure states like North Carolina receive the 100 percent federal match regardless of when they expand.
“We have even more North Carolinians without health coverage today than we did even several months ago,” Cunningham said. “And Medicaid is a tool, right in front of us, that is available for North Carolina to help close that gap.”
North Carolina must follow in Oklahoma’s lead to expand Medicaid and the state is ready for a leader who will make that happen.
By Rachel Roubein – July 1, 2020