There’s an interesting article today from North Carolina Health News about fast-food workers who make too much to qualify for Medicaid in North Carolina but make too little to afford health care on their own.
North Carolina is one of several states that declined to expand coverage of Medicaid in the state, after the state legislature passed a law in early 2013 preventing expansion that Gov. Pat McCrory signed. The situation has left hundreds of thousands of low-income workers unable to afford health care on their own and without access to the federal subsidies that would make health care more affordable.
Among those people are a 35-year-old Durham man whose worked for a decade making pizzas at Dominos.
From the article, by Hyun Namkoong:
The Feb. 15 deadline to sign up for health insurance coverage on the federal Healthcare.gov website is quickly approaching, and low-wage workers like DeAngelo Morales and Isaac McQueen are stuck between a rock and hard place.
McQueen, 35, a father of two, has worked at Domino’s Pizza for 10 years as a pizza maker. He says he doesn’t qualify for subsidies offered under the Affordable Care Act. He also doesn’t qualify for Medicaid after North Carolina declined to expand the program to adults who make more than 49 percent of the federal poverty level, which works out to $9,697 a year for a family of three.
“I [make] too much money,” he said with an ironic laugh.
McQueen said there was a plan on the federal health insurance exchange that cost $80 a month, but he couldn’t afford it.
Instead, his health insurance plan is based on hope and faith.
“[I’m just] hoping and praying to God I don’t get sick, because I can’t afford any substantial medical bills,” he said.
You can read the entire piece here.