N.C. Medicaid Expansion Would Benefit Nearly 500,000, Boost the Economy

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It's been just over a year since the Cone Health Foundation and Kate B. Reynolds released their report detailing the enormous economic and health benefits for North Carolinians if we expanded Medicaid. Unfortunately, in the time little legislative progress has been made and politicians seem suck in their ways. 

From the Op-Ed in the Charlotte Observer,

It is important to understand North Carolina’s current Medicaid coverage policy – you must be a low-income child, a pregnant woman, an extremely low-income parent, a low-income senior or a person with a disability to qualify for Medicaid in North Carolina. Who gets left out? Adults who don’t have children, no matter how low their incomes are. These are people we all know and rely on every day: people working for a living in construction and food service, people taking care of our children. Many North Carolinians in the coverage gap do not get insurance through their jobs and cannot afford insurance on their own. Surprisingly, their incomes are too low to qualify for tax credits through Healthcare.gov and too high to qualify for Medicaid. That’s the coverage gap we need to close for the hard-working people our service-based economy depends on.

We can still close the coverage gap. North Carolina has the opportunity to shape how we take care of our own, through Medicaid reform, passed by state lawmakers in September. The Medicaid Reform mandate passed by the North Carolina General Assembly puts the state on a tight timeline to customize our plan. The goal is to seek permission from the federal government by June 2016. North Carolina can negotiate with the federal government for a Medicaid waiver that is North Carolina-specific, that closes the coverage gap and takes advantage of $21 billion in federal funds. This does not have to be political. North Carolina can join the 30 other states who have expanded coverage.

The report makes the case that closing the coverage gap could be an important engine for economic growth and job creation across the breadth of North Carolina. Expanding coverage for half a million North Carolinians will enable them to get timely, affordable health care, including preventive and primary care that can help keep them healthy, as well as meet their needs when they are ill or injured.



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    If you move to another state, then she can get only get irnasunce that does not cost that much. She will no longer be able to get irnasunce that does cost that much. Government health irnasunce, such as Badger Care, costs more than regular private health irnasunce. You just do not realize it because the government pays most of the bill, but the total cost is often over $1000 per month per person. If she can no longer get Badger Care and has to get non-government irnasunce, then it will probably cost less than her Badger Care is costing the government now.She may or may not be able to claim you or her taxes. The state in which you live does not matter for her taxes. What does matter is that if you do not live with her, then you will no longer be her "qualifying child". Even if you lived next door to her, you would not be her qualifying child. To be a qualifying child, you have to live with a parent or the person claiming you. She might or might not be able to claim you as a "qualifying relative", if you met the income, support, etc., tests, but not as a "qualifying child".References :
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