This League Action Team has a dual focus: preserving the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and its many important provisions nationwide; and closing the health care gap in our state.
Today, access to affordable health care is under threat nationwide as Congress debates whether to repeal, replace, or repair the ACA. Passed in 2010, the ACA reformed important aspects of the private health insurance market and provided Americans with affordable coverage by offering (to those without employer-provided insurance) subsidies to reduce premium and copay costs, based on a sliding income scale, and by extending Medicaid coverage to those earning less than 138% of the federal poverty level.
With the Supreme Court's 2012 decision that expanding Medicaid was optional, a health care coverage gap was created in states like NC that chose not to expand Medicaid. This gap includes people who aren't eligible for Medicaid and yet whose incomes are too low to qualify for ACA subsidies. These 300,000-500,000 North Carolinians still lack access to affordable health care. Most are the working poor: their employers don't offer benefits; they are self-employed; or they work several part-time jobs and don't qualify for benefits at any of their jobs.
BENEFITS OF PRESERVING THE ACA
Premiums for men and women are the same Pre-existing conditions no longer can deny people coverage Mental and physical health covered the same Wide range of preventive care and screenings without copays or meeting deductibles Young adults to age 26 can be covered on parent's policy No more lifetime caps on insurance coverage Annual caps on individual's and families' health care costs Medicare's prescription drug "donut hole" phased out by 2020 Limits on insurance companies' spending on marketing and executive compensation (refunds to policy holders if limits exceeded)
BENEFITS OF CLOSING THE GAP IN NC
Four-year estimates include:
43,000 new jobs for our state $21 Billion in new business activity An increase of $1.7 billion in new state revenue Health coverage for 300,000-500,000 now in the gap Alleviating hospital costs from uncompensated care Healthier children because of healthier parents
The League of Women Voters of North Carolina is taking action to protect the ACA nationwide and to advocate for Medicaid expansion in our state. You can help by staying informed and joining our Health Care League Action Team. Our team engages in regular conference calls, Lobby Days at the NCGA, Op Ed and Letters to the Editor submissions, and person-to-person education.
For more information about this statewide Health Care League Action Team: contact Jim Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Economic Imperative to Expand Medicaid in North Carolina - overview/sample public statement
Medicaid Expansion: Strategies for Advocacy - suggestions for taking action
Why Accept Medicaid Dollars? - talking points
Why Accept Medicaid Dollars: The Facts - talking points substantiated with sources
Sample City Council Resolution - draft of resolution adopted by Greensboro City Council
Preparing for City Council Resolution - suggestions from Adam Linker
Sample Request for Legislator's Schedule of Public Appearances - inquiry re. town hall meetings, etc.
Sample Statement for Lawmakers and Others - 3 minute public statement
Recommendations for Effective Lobbying - suggestions from a legislator
How You Can Help Influence Legislation - PowerPoint with suggestions for lobbying and advocacy
Rebuttals to Common Arguments Against Medicaid Expansion - preparation for meeting legislators
Top Myths Against Medicaid Expansion
Sample 300-Word Letter to the Editor - submitted by LWVPT co-presidents
Request to Chamber for Forum Sponsorship - letter submitted to Greensboro Chamber of Commerce
Medicaid Expansion Resources - studies, articles, videos, and General Assembly information