Expanding Medicaid

Every North Carolinian should be able to access the health care they need without going bankrupt. Expanding Medicaid in North Carolina would provide coverage to about 500,000 low-income people. Unfortunately, the General Assembly continues to reject federal funding to expand Medicaid, choosing politics over the health and well-being of North Carolina families.

Since the General Assembly first refused to expand Medicaid in 2010, several rural hospitals in our state have closed their doors -- including one in Washington County in February 2019. Medicaid expansion will help keep rural hospitals afloat, connecting people to the care they need and boosting the well-being of families and communities.

Support Medicaid Expansion

The NC House and Senate have introduced history-making bills that would close the Medicaid Gap and ensure that North Carolinians get to go to the doctor without going broke. Representatives from the Governor’s office have said the biggest priority of this legislative session is passing Medicaid Expansion. It’s time to add your voice to theirs in saying you believe in the right of every North Carolinian to access healthcare, no matter how much they make or where they live.

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Medicaid and Rural Hospitals

  • In the past year, Medicaid provided health coverage for 1.9 million poor seniors, children, parents, and people with disabilities in North Carolina. More than half of those people live in rural areas.
  • Six rural hospitals in our state have closed since 2010, and several others are at high risk of financial distress. Medicaid expansion will disproportionately benefit rural communities by improving health care access and building stronger local economies.
  • Closing the Medicaid coverage gap will help rural communities stabilize their local hospitals and health care providers, support their local workforce, and stabilize household budgets where health care costs can result in high debt.
  • Treating large numbers of uninsured patients puts a financial strain on health care providers, which results in higher costs for everyone. Medicaid expansion will benefit health care providers because they will treat many more patients with health coverage, resulting in more reimbursements, healthier patients, and lower costs for everyone.
  • More than 13,000 jobs could be added to North Carolina’s 80 rural counties if the General Assembly expands Medicaid. That means more tax revenue for rural communities and stronger rural economies.

Tell your story

Since 2010 six rural hospitals in North Carolina have closed. Thousands have lost jobs and the financial and emotional impact on the surrounding communities can be devastating.

Have you been impacted by a closed or closing hospital?

Tell us your story. By sharing stories of real people who are directly affected by legislation we can bring lasting change to our state.  Your experience can help us to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to quality health care regardless of their income or location.

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Rural Hospitals in North Carolina

Closed Hospitals Since 2010

Blowing Rock Hospital - Blowing Rock, NC

Vidant Pungo Hospital  - Belhaven, NC

Yadkin Valley Community Hospital - Yadkinville, NC

Davine Medical Center - Mocksville, NC

Our Community Hospital - Scotland Neck, NC

Washington County Hospital - Plymouth, NC

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Hospitals in Financial Danger

Alleghany Memorial Hospital - Sparta, NC
Ashe Memorial Hospital - Jefferson, NC
Central Carolina Hospital - Sanford, NC
Charles A. Cannon Memorial Hospital - Linville, NC
Chatham Hospital - Siler City, NC 
Granville Health System - Oxford, NC
J. Arthur Dosher Memorial Hospital - Southport, NC
Kings Mountain Hospital - Kings Mountain, NC
Murphy Medical Center - Murphy, NC
Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center - Bolivia, NC
Person Memorial Hospital - Roxboro, NC
Randolph Hospital - Asheboro, NC
Sampson Regional Medical Center - Clinton, NC
Swain Community Hospital - Bryson, NC
Vidant Beaufort Hospital - Washington, NC
Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital - Ahoskie, NC
Wilkes Regional Medical Center - North Wilkesboro, NC

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