Monday, June 3, 2019 - 14:58

Nearly 400,000 uninsured North Carolinians would gain health insurance if North Carolina closed the coverage gap. Included in this group are working adults, farmers, fishermen, members of the clergy, small business owners, volunteer firefighters, service workers, caregivers and more than 12,000 veterans. Additionally, closing the health care gap would bring ~$4 billion dollars in federal funding into the NC economy each year. By not providing help to those who have fallen into the coverage gap, the state will miss out on a potential 43,314 new jobs and more than $21 billion in state business activity. 

YMCAs care about this issue for multiple reasons:

  1. YMCAs currently offer evidence-based health programs, such as the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program and LIVESTRONG for cancer survivors, and these programs would be accessible to more people who need them;
  2. Smaller towns and rural areas are more likely to benefit from closing the coverage gap, and many of our Ys serve those economically challenged communities. 
  3. We care about the health of our state and our communities, and believe this is a step we could take to make the whole state healthier. 

House bill 655 seeks to close the coverage gap with a creative, bi-partisan solution. Consider these additional advocacy talking points and review these recent articles to learn more before you contact your House Representative to ask him/her to allow our legislative leaders and our citizens to have a conversation about this issue by putting HB 655 on the legislative calendar. 

May 13, 2019: Greenville Daily Reflector
Some republicans want to close the coverage gap

May 12, 2019: Greenville Daily Reflector
NC’s approach to treatment evolves as addicts struggle

May 11, 2019: The Fayetteville Observer
George Little: NC needs a conservative win on health care coverage

Winston-Salem Journal
State budget, Medicaid expansion expected to dominate second half of legislative session

May 9, 2019: StatePortPilot.com
Dosher, other hospitals ask legislators for Medicaid expansion 

May 4, 2019: The Charlotte Observer
Should the governor hold the NC budget hostage

May 2, 2019: Greenville Daily Reflector
Work requirements, premiums won’t close coverage gap 

Durham Herald Sun
Will Gov. Cooper veto the budget if Republicans don’t include Medicaid expansion?

April 29, 2019: The Independent-Tribune
CEOs: North Carolina was right to wait on expanding Medicaid, but now it is time
Published in multiple papers

Winston-Salem Journal
Business executives, including Don Flow of Winston-Salem, support Medicaid expansion in op-ed article