Uncategorized

New Report: NC’s Medicaid expansion pays for itself, extends coverage

Our friends here at the NC Justice Center’s Budget and Tax Center have released a report today detailing the numbers behind what happens in our state when we expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.  In addition to the positive effects I’ve detailed before, the BTC report finds the following:

1.  95% of people gaining coverage under the expansion will have been previously uninsured.

2.  NC will pay just 2% more on Medicaid in 2014 for the expansion than was budgeted for the current program this year, since the federal government is paying most of the expansion costs.

3.  NC state and local governments pay hundreds of millions of dollars every year to help hospitals, health departments and community clinics care for all the people walking in their doors who don’t have health insurance.

4.  Since most currently uninsured people coming in for care will now be covered, state and local governments will save between $1 and $2 billion over six years, easily outpacing the extras costs NC will incur in the Medicaid program.

Check Also

Senator Richard Burr: Makes up his own facts about NC Medicaid in order to criticize it

North Carolina’s Senator Burr used to be a ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

When the N.C. Senate elected Tom Fetzer to the UNC Board of Governors in March, it was widely seen a [...]

The 12 minutes spent on the phone with Duke Energy customer service shed no light on how — or if — c [...]

Crumbling ceilings. Failing air conditioning and heating systems. Broken down school buses. Mold inf [...]

This story has been updated with comments from Jim Womack, who did not respond earlier to questions. [...]

Last week, the General Assembly announced which legislators will serve on the Joint Legislative Task [...]

The latest effort in Washington to repeal and not actually replace the Affordable Care Act has a dif [...]

Conservative group “reviewing” bigoted attacks; funding from major NC corporations implicated Nearly [...]

5---number of days since Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham unveiled a new proposal to repeal [...]

Featured | Special Projects

NC Budget 2017
The maze of the NC Budget is complex. Follow the stories to follow the money.
Read more


NC Redistricting 2017
New map, new districts, new lawmakers. Here’s what you need to know about gerrymandering in NC.
Read more