Health insurance gap
It is past time that the North Carolina State Legislature address expanding health insurance coverage for low-income individuals. With the new political makeup in both bodies, our elected officials must have the courage to consider all avenues for expansion. Even those respondents reluctant to back a growth in Medicaid coverage can implement other ways to provide health insurance to low-income people that include shared responsibilities.
Every day we delay action, families who have no health insurance are suffering and dying. There are nearly 400,000 uninsured people in our state who are in the insurance gap. Their incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid, but too low to afford private insurance. These are working families, not loafers, with paying jobs whose combined incomes don’t cover their family’s living expenses and health insurance.
It is time for all working people of NC in this health insurance gap to have access to health insurance. The GA needs to come together, take notice of the 34 other states that have made the health of their citizens a priority, and find a solution for all North Carolinians.
Frank Amend Rocky Mount