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Most North Carolinians in the Medicaid gap are working

Posted By Adam Linker On July 24, 2014 @ 3:50 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

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This morning consumer advocacy group Families USA¬†released a report [2]¬†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 [3] 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.


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[1] Image: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/120px-Tom_Barrett_talking_with_construction_workers.jpg

[2] released a report: http://familiesusa.org/product/top-9-occupations-employed-uninsured-north-carolina-who-would-benefit-expanding-medicaid

[3] keeping the door open: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/07/14/n-c-gov-mccrory-door-open-to-medicaid-expansion/

[4] Handy list explains why hundreds will rally for Medicaid expansion today at the legislature : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/06/04/handy-list-explains-why-hundreds-are-rallying-for-medicaid-expansion-today-at-the-general-assembly/

[5] Correcting seven myths about Medicaid (plus the real reason the right opposes expansion) : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/04/11/correcting-seven-myths-about-medicaid-and-the-real-reason-the-right-opposes-expansion/

[6] Affordable Care Act: Working in Washington, NC but Medicaid Expansion Critical : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/03/28/affordable-care-act-working-in-washington-nc-but-medicaid-expansion-critical/

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