More news today – this time from the Governor’s office – that NC is moving slowly forward with a health benefits exchange under Obamacare. No surprise – this is an important issue, and even Republican governors now are saying they will likely move forward building health exchanges.
This is good, but a much more critical issue for 500,000 North Carolinians isn’t being talked about. That’s whether NC will expand Medicaid under Obamacare. There are nearly half a million people in NC who don’t have health insurance and make under $15,000 a year. Most would not qualify to buy subsidized health insurance in NC’s new health exchange because they make too little income. Their only hope for coverage is for NC to expand Medicaid under Obamacare.