New report paints sobering picture of impact of federal Medicaid cuts in NC
A new, on-the money report from FamiliesUSA entitled “Cutting Medicaid in North Carolina: Harming Seniors and People with Disabilities Who Need Long-Term Care” lays out the drastic human cost of proposed state and federal cuts.
Here’s “the bottom line” from the report:
“For nearly 514,000 low-income seniors and people with disabilities in North Carolina, Medicaid is critical. The long-term services coverage that Medicaid provides is the only avenue they have for getting the long-term care they need. For more than 115,000 of these North Carolinians, Medicaid makes the difference between living in the community and living in an institution. But North Carolina’s Medicaid program helps families in other important ways too: It helps the family members and friends who care for people in Medicaid who need long-term care, giving them much needed assistance with costs and helping them more fully participate in the economy. By helping those caregivers, Medicaid helps North Carolina businesses. Medicaid is also an important source of support for jobs for North Carolina’s long-term care workers. Cutting Medicaid services would be bad for North Carolina seniors and people with disabilities and their families.”