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GOP health care bill would hurt one million rural North Carolinians who benefit from Medicaid

A new report [1] finds the House-passed health bill – the American Health Care Act – would devastate health care in rural America, primarily because of the dismantling of Medicaid.

This is concerning considering that last year in North Carolina Medicaid offered health coverage to 1.9 million poor seniors, children, parents, and people with disabilities – of which the majority (1 million) lived in the rural parts of the state.

Specifically, North Carolina’s rural counties accounted for the following Medicaid beneficiaries: 60 percent of poor seniors, 53 percent of blind individuals, 58 percent of people with disabilities, 54 percent of pregnant women, and 51 percent of all infants and children. In other words, rural North Carolinians benefit greatly from Medicaid.

According to the report, “Medicaid has long played an even larger role in providing health coverage and paying for care in rural areas than in urban areas. Medicaid’s importance to rural America has only grown under the ACA. Nearly 1.7 million rural Americans have newly gained coverage through the Medicaid expansion.”

Below are key points from the report of why the proposed GOP health care bill would not meet rural needs:

To learn more see: Medicaid works for women in North Carolina [3] and Medicaid has allowed millions with substance use disorders to get health coverage, access treatment [4].