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MEDICAID REPORT PART III: Everyone benefits from Medicaid expansion

Everyone benefits from Medicaid expansion, especially residents of rural areas, veterans, people with mental illness, and people in the coverage gap.

Read the full report here.

  • Everyone benefits from Medicaid expansion through job creation and lower monthly premiums.
    • Currently, NC taxpayers pay federal taxes that cover health care costs in other states.
  • There are at least 300,000 North Carolinians who fall in the coverage gap or do not currently qualify for Medicaid or assistance with ACA premiums.
  • The 4 out of 10 people who call NC’s rural counties home face hospital closures and declining employment opportunities; Medicaid expansion would help solve these issues.
    • North Carolina has lost four rural hospitals since Republicans took control in 2010, costing rural communities lives and jobs.
    • Expansion could bring 13,000 jobs to rural areas.
  • Veterans are more likely to experience homelessness or suffer from multiple chronic illnesses; Medicaid expansion in NC would help at least 23,000 gain coverage not provided by the VA.
  • Medicaid expansion will provide access to care for more than 150,000 North Carolinians with mental illness or substance use disorders.
    • Roughly half of the overdose survivors taken to NC emergency rooms in 2017 were uninsured.

Read the full report here.