Patrick Woodie: GOP, Democrats Must Work to Expand Medicaid” (Opinion)
More than 400,000 North Carolinians fall into the health insurance coverage gap, according to the North Carolina Rural Center, meaning they earn too little to afford private health insurance but too much to qualify for assistance under the state’s Medicaid program. Rural Center President Patrick Woodie, a longtime NCEDA member, says closing the gap would improve North Carolina’s economy. “It means a more reliable workforce for our businesses and industries. It would mean more jobs in our rural communities,” Woodie says. The General Assembly is considering several bills to address the situation, and Woodie believes “it’s time to act.” Closing the health insurance coverage gap would boost struggling rural hospitals that serve North Carolina’s most economically distressed communities. “Without financially stable hospitals, rural communities struggle to keep the businesses they have, and are at an immediate disadvantage in attracting new ones,” he says.
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