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Most North Carolinians in the Medicaid gap are working

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This morning consumer advocacy group Families USA released a report along with the NC Community Health Center Association and the NC Justice Center showing that most people who stand to benefit from closing our state’s health insurance gap are working. Many of these folks are in low-wage service jobs. The report also examines the top occupations in North Carolina where employees would benefit from Medicaid expansion.

There are 59,000 construction workers who would benefit from Medicaid expansion and 56,000 food service workers. When these employees are in good health we are all better off. Construction workers at home with a serious illness and food preparers with untreated diseases decrease productivity and threaten public health.

Chid care workers and home health aides are also disproportionately impacted by our state’s stance on Medicaid expansion, which means that the people who help nurture our children and tend to the elderly can’t take care of their own health needs.

It is a positive sign that Gov. McCrory says that he is keeping the door open to Medicaid expansion in the state. Still, this passive stance will not move us anywhere. If we are going to prevent unnecessary deaths, extend needed preventive care, and help the people who make our food and care for our kids then we need the Governor to lead.

2 Comments

  1. Bobby Poon

    July 25, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Want a devastating political ad-just goto any assisted living home with an Alzheimer’s Special Care Unit and ask the nurses trained to care for the Alzheimer’s victims where will the Alzheimer’s victim’s go if the senate bill passes.And where will they go to find a job.That alone should defeat Tillis and quite a few republicans running for office in NC this Nov.The bill will displace thousands of elderly,disabled and Alzheimer victims as well as cost the jobs of those nurses and others who care for them.Plus the primary care physicians who will refuse to see anymore medicaid clients.Just plaster billboards all over NC with elderly with no home stating the NC legislature left me out in the cold.

  2. Pertains!

    July 25, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Why treat our elders with any care or respect. One in four of our children live in poverty and would qualify for Medicaid and they cut everything to the bone in education.
    THEY DO NOT CARE about anyone but their rich buddies.