Earlier this week, health care advocates across the nation marked a milestone: the 50th anniversary of the Medicaid and Medicare programs.
To mark the occasion, the good folks at North Carolina Health News have put together a useful interactive map, demonstrating how Medicaid benefits the residents of each county in our state.
Here’s a snapshot of how the program benefits Rockingham County, the home county of Senate President Phil Berger:
Click here (and scroll down) to view the full map and read more about how Medicaid provides lifesaving health care to the most vulnerable people in North Carolina.
This weekend, NC Policy Watch will discuss Medicaid expansion on its weekly radio show, News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon.
Joining Chris will be Joan Alker, the executive director of Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families.
Alker discusses CCF’s new report on how parents and kids benefit from closing North Carolina’s Medicaid coverage gap. (CCF recently traveled to North Carolina to release the report in partnership with NC Child and the NC Health Access Coalition.)
Below Alker talks about why Governor Pat McCrory is overdue in presenting a state-specific plan for Medicaid expansion: