North Carolina Moms Cheer Medicaid Expansion, Taking Effect in the State Today
“Today begins a welcome new chapter for North Carolina families, who will be healthier and stronger now that lawmakers in the state have finally expanded Medicaid. The state’s moms applaud the fact that 600,000 North Carolinians who have been stuck in the state’s coverage gap, some for most of their adult lives, will finally have access to health coverage and care. Even more North Carolinians will benefit indirectly as coverage improves for people living in rural communities, race-based health disparities begin to close, maternal and infant health improve, and access to mental health and substance abuse services expands.
“Everyone deserves access to health insurance coverage and health care. Medicaid expansion will save lives, and save money, for the state. Now, North Carolina moms look to lawmakers to address other pressing issues, including making child care affordable, adopting a comprehensive state paid family and medical leave program, and protecting the rights of our immigrant neighbors and our access to abortion care.”