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ICYMI: Failure to Expand Medicaid in NC Leaves Thousands Uninsured During Pandemic

New NBC News report underscores impact of coverage gap for North Carolina’s most vulnerable during public health emergency

Raleigh, N.C. – The coronavirus pandemic is showing how North Carolina’s failure to expand Medicaid is leaving the most vulnerable North Carolinians at heightened risk, according to a new NBC News’ report. Senator Thom Tillis, as Speaker of the North Carolina General Assembly, backed a law preventing North Carolina from expanding Medicaid.


Piedmont Rising Executive Director, Casey Wilkinson, released the following statement in response:


“As the coronavirus spreads through communities across North Carolina, Medicaid expansion in our state is more important than ever. While Senator Tillis previously bragged about stopping Medicaid expansion cold —a move that denied 500,000 North Carolinians from gaining health coverage, cost North Carolina 37,000 jobs, and blocked billions of federal aid dollars that would have helped North Carolina hospitals and families during this crisis — now is the time for him and other leaders who opposed expansion to step up and right this wrong.


We’re here to remind North Carolina lawmakers who rejected Medicaid expansion that today they bear responsibility for the North Carolinians unable to get potentially life-saving care during this pandemic. It has never been more urgent for North Carolina to expand Medicaid.”


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About Piedmont Rising Piedmont Rising is a 501 (c)4 issue advocacy organization built by and for North Carolinians to advocate for lower insurance premiums and prescription drug costs and to ensure that more people have access to safe and affordable health care. Through grassroots organizing, education, and engagement, we are amplifying our health care stories and holding our elected officials accountable to the people, and issues, they were elected to represent. www.piedmontrising.org

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