More than half a million North Carolinians can’t see a doctor when they need one because reliable health insurance is out of reach. It’s time for the state legislature to act.

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Nearly 5% of kids in North Carolina now have no health insurance – an increase over past years. That’s 119,000 children who aren’t getting the care they need. Covering parents is key, because parents are more likely to enroll children when they are covered themselves.


Parents with two children who earn $12,000 make too much for Medicaid in North Carolina. However, they can’t get help buying health insurance in the marketplace until they earn $25,100. That doesn’t make any sense.

Medicaid expansion is a cost-effective solution

North Carolina can take advantage of available federal funding right now to bring health care to half a million people. 37 other states have done this by expanding the Medicaid program – including our neighbors in Virginia.

Getting coverage to uninsured people saves states money. Research in Montana, Colorado, Michigan, Louisiana, and Virginia found that expanding Medicaid resulted in significant savings to those states’ general funds.

How you can help:

  • Contact your state legislators and ask them to support legislation to bring affordable health care to North Carolina’s hard-working families.
  • Join the Health Care Can’t Wait Action List. The best tool we have is our numbers, our voices, and our networks—relatives, friends, neighbors, coworkers. We’ll keep you posted on opportunities to make your voice heard.
  • Follow our social channels—Facebook & Twitter—for news, to stay on top of what’s happening, and to see when the next event will be held in your area.

Parents and caregivers are priced out of health care.

Brittany is a child care worker and parent of a child with special needs in Clayton, NC. Like many childcare workers, Brittany makes too much for Medicaid, but not enough to buy private health insurance. She would like to see a doctor for her chronic back pain, but she cannot afford the cost of uninsured visits. Across North Carolina, one in five child care workers like Brittany have no health coverage.

It’s not too late to expand Medicaid in North Carolina.

Now is the time to put pressure on our state legislators to act. Removing artificial barriers to health care is the right thing to do for all North Carolinians.

Join the Health Care Can’t Wait Action List to stay in the know about opportunities to make your voice heard.