Where’s the plan? Supreme Court’s ruling means McCrory must act on Medicaid expansion

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After putting off any action on Medicaid expansion until after King v. Burwell decision, it’s now time for Gov. McCrory to release his plan to expand healthcare access to 500,000 low-income North Carolinians

For months, Gov. McCrory has delayed any decision on Medicaid expansion in North Carolina, promising to release his plan after the Supreme Court issued its ruling on the constitutionality of state health care exchanges. With the court ruling on Thursday in favor of the exchanges, Gov. McCrory’s time to act has come.

So where’s the plan?

“Gov. McCrory has continued to put off having to act on Medicaid expansion, but now he’s out of excuses,” said Gerrick Brenner, executive director of Progress NC Action. “It’s time for the governor to stop trying to undermine the Affordable Care Act, and start putting people over politics by releasing a plan to expand healthcare access to 500,000 low-income North Carolinians.”

A report issued by the Cone Health Foundation shows that rejecting Medicaid expansion has already cost North Carolina $6 billion in federal funding. By the end of 2015, 29,000 fewer jobs will have been created due to the rejection of Medicaid expansion. The state's economy was $1.7 billion smaller in 2014 than it would have been if state leaders had expanded Medicaid.

Additionally, multiple studies have shown that rejecting Medicaid expansion will result in over 1,000 unnecessary deaths in North Carolinian every year.

“This isn’t a game,” added Brenner. “People are dying because our leaders are refusing to lead, and thousands more are being faced with crippling medical expenses. It’s time for Gov. McCrory to stop playing politics and fulfill his promise on Medicaid expansion.”


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