Gov. McCrory recently rejected the federal plan to expand Medicaid and left 319,000 North Carolinians without health care in the process. But is Medicaid expansion really that bad? Take a look at some common myths, and the facts, below:
MYTH: Now that the Affordable Care Act is law, there’s no need to expand North Carolina’s Medicaid program.
FACT: Quite the opposite, actually. Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act are meant to work in tandem and one doesn’t negate the other. The purpose of expansion is to give individuals who can’t afford coverage under the ACA a shot at obtaining health care; without it, over 300,000 North Carolinians are without health care.
MYTH: Expansion will bankrupt the state!
FACT: Not at all. Contrary to popular belief, expansion won’t drain the state of its resources. In fact, North Carolina is losing out on nearly 5 million federal dollars a day by not expanding its Medicaid program. Additionally, Medicaid spending has decreased by 11 percent since 2008.
MYTH: Medicaid is a welfare system for those who don’t work, and the expansion plan is no different.
FACT: In reality, Medicaid expansion was conceived with hardworking people like you in mind. If Medicaid were expanded in North Carolina, it would include individuals with incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty level. Currently, 65% of Medicaid recipients come from working families.
MYTH: The majority of North Carolinians are against expanding Medicaid.
FACT: Actually, the majority of North Carolinians—58% to be exact—are in favor of expanding the social health care program.