Earlier this week, at the behest of local providers and other residents, the Durham City Council passed a resolution urging Gov. Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly to stop blocking Medicaid expansion. You can see coverage of the vote here.
And below is the text of the resolution:
Resolution Expanding Medicaid
WHEREAS, Durham prides itself on being the City of Medicine; and
WHEREAS, there are an estimated 18 percent of Durham County residents who are uninsured; and
WHEREAS, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provides federal funding for states to expand Medicaid to all citizens earning less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level; and
WHEREAS, this Medicaid expansion would extend insurance coverage to more than 500,000 North Carolinians and save the state approximately $65 million over ten years; and
WHEREAS, the Durham City Council thinks all residents should have access to quality, affordable health coverage;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT:
1) The City Council urges the North Carolina General Assembly and the Governor to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid in North Carolina.
2) This resolution shall be effective on and after its passage, and shall be shared with the members of Durham’s General Assembly delegation.
The pressure to expand Medicaid is not easing. We will see if the legislature starts listening.