Letter: Urge legislators to fix insurance coverage gap

Graphic by Lori Deaton

Regarding the June 5 Xpress article “The Parent Trap: Insurance Coverage Gap Impacts Children’s Health” by Brooke Randle: Many thanks to Brooke Randle for her excellent article on the situation faced by low-income parents when their income is a bit too high to qualify for Medicaid or too low to qualify for a policy through the Affordable Care Act.

Being in this “gap” leaves these parents vulnerable to illness or injury with no means to pay for their own medical expenses. And of course that lack of medical care can mean missed hourly work, which then endangers their job and stable income. States that have enacted health care access to parents in this gap provide stability for parents, their children and their communities.

This “gap” is of course a human creation. If it were an act of nature, we could understand it as a form of “fate,” but in reality the cause of this gap is political neglect. Solutions that have been on the table during recent years include Medicaid expansion, Carolina Cares, Care4Carolina and currently NC Health Care for Working Families (HB 665). Both Republicans and Democrats have proposed legislation that they hoped would be a basis for a bipartisan solution, but so far those efforts have failed.

Gov. Cooper favors a “clean” Medicaid expansion bill. However, in spite of added expense and bureaucracy, the Republican bill (NC Health Care for Working Families) has the best chance of achieving a bipartisan compromise — if Republican majorities in our state Senate and House will move it through the legislative process. Please urge your senator and representative to move the bill on to Gov. Cooper for his signature. They need to hear from you!

We are giving our North Carolina tax dollars away to 37 states that have already enacted legislation to care for their citizens who find themselves in this gap. Let’s deliver those dollars to our own citizens.

— Paul Smith
Mars Hill

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2 thoughts on “Letter: Urge legislators to fix insurance coverage gap

  1. Enlightened Enigma

    NC simply cannot afford a $6 BILLION medicaid expansion. and Cooper is too stupid to understand…Roy Cooper is the most pathetic ‘governor’ ever. such a turd.

    • BRO

      I would love to see universal health care implemented, but I understand that the insurance industry will fight tooth and nail to stop this – and they are a lot richer than we are. Expansion of medicaid – with accompanying federal dollars makes lots of sense. People don’t go bankrupt getting medical care – or forego it all together. The money that they keep in their pocket will go back into the economy.
      Only people who like simple solutions , because they have simple minds, don’t understand that adding 6 billion in Medicaid will actually save us money in the short and long term. Thank you Governor Cooper for showing leadership on this issue. I hope the Republican party will put their principles aside to serve the people they represent.

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