November 14, 2017/Press

GOP Legislators Refusal to Expand Medicaid Costs North Carolina $13 Billion

RALEIGH – Republican legislators in the General Assembly are costing North Carolina billions of dollars by refusing to expand Medicaid, according to a new report:

  • Federal funding for the Medicaid expansion would have covered 2.8% of this year’s state budget;
  • Over the next decade, North Carolina would receive $13 billion in federal funds.

Without this money, hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians are paying more for medical care or going without it. Meanwhile, states that have expanded Medicaid are benefitting from improved financial performance at local hospitals and more resources to fight the opioid crisis.

“They are leaving a lot of money on the table that would cover a lot of people, full stop,” — Chris Sloan, a senior manager at Avalere who helped build the model.

Republican legislators continue to bury their heads in the sand about the benefits of expanding Medicaid, going so far as to file a lawsuit against Governor Cooper to prevent him from doing so.

Even after a rural hospital in Sen. Berger’s backyard declared bankruptcybecause of dwindling Medicaid reimbursements, North Carolina’s GOP legislators “have shown no appetite” for changing their ways. In fact, Sen. Berger believes that there is “no good case that can be made that Medicaid expansion is the right thing for us to do in North Carolina.”

In other words, GOP leaders are refusing to help their constituents get needed medical care for no reason other than ideology, costing patients their health and our state billions.

“Republicans in Raleigh are costing North Carolinians more than money – they’re costing them their health, security, and peace of mind,” said NCDP Executive Director Kimberly Reynolds. “It’s time that they end the partisan political games and stand up for their constituents by voting to expand Medicaid.”