HEALTH CARE LEAGUE ACTION TEAM
Education and advocacy related to health care reform.
ABOUT OUR HEALTH CARE TEAM:
Grounded in the conviction that health care is a fundamental right, the work of LWV-NC HCLAT centers, first, on ensuring that every North Carolinian has access to quality healthcare, regardless of finances, age, zip code, gender identity, race, or any other condition of humanity. We see acceptance of this core principle as the critical first step toward achieving universal health care coverage.
With the state’s recent legislative elections, as well as our advocacy over the past five years, 2019 offers LWV-NC HCLAT a unique opportunity to expand Medicaid to those in the coverage gap and, thereby, to take a giant step towards that ultimate vision. Both independent studies and the experience of other, similar states confirm the health, financial, economic, and societal benefits of expansion, in both short- and long-term timelines. With our coalition partners, we are firmly committed to the idea that the well-being of our state demands Medicaid expansion now.
Vision, Mission, and Goal Statements:
Following the lead of LWV-US, the vision of LWV-NC HCLAT is to achieve universal health care by helping create a system of affordable coverage for all.
Our mission is to work within our state to establish the fundamental principle of health care as a right for all and not just a privilege for some.
By taking maximum advantage of recent legislative elections, our goal in 2019 is to work with others in the state to expand Medicaid so that, regardless of life circumstances, all North Carolinians have access to quality healthcare.
WE INVITE YOU TO TAKE ACTION WITH US:
- Learn about HB 655: LWVNC Statement – HB 655 is starting point for bipartisan compromise.
- Speak up: Talking Points – Closing the Medicaid Coverage Gap
- Contact Kim Moore to learn more about the Health Care LAT: HealthCareLAT@gmail.com
ABOUT OUR HEALTH CARE GOALS:
We strive to make affordable health care coverage available to all North Carolinians by
- preserving the ACA (and its Marketplace) nationwide
- closing the health insurance gap in NC
Passed in 2010, the ACA reformed many important aspects of the private health insurance market- most notably protecting patients with pre-existing conditions. In addition, it provided a marketplace for Americans without employer-provided insurance to secure affordable coverage and for subsidies that reduced premium and copay costs. These subsidies are based on a sliding income scale starting at 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL*). And finally, the ACA extended Medicaid coverage to those earning less than 138% of the FPL and provided for federal funding to be given to the states in order to pay the costs of this expanded Medicaid population.
However, in 2012 the Supreme Court ruled that states could not be mandated to expand their Medicaid programs. As a result, a health care coverage gap was created in states like NC that chose not to expand Medicaid. Why is it called a gap? Because in NC a non-elderly adult with children has to make less than 44% FPL to qualify for Medicaid but would have to make more than 100% FPL to qualify for subsidized ACA insurance. Therefore, 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.
The Health Care League Action Team strive to make affordable health care coverage available to all North Carolinians. We support legislation that can receive bipartisan approval of both chambers of the NC General Assembly and the Governor.
* Federal Poverty Level according to HealthCare.gov: In 2017, 100% FPL for an individual was $12,060 and for a family of four was $24,600. 44% FPL for a family of four was $10,824.
We believe that expanding health care coverage is also imperative to solving the opioid crisis.
View this printable opioid trifold to learn more.
ADDITIONAL PRESENTATIONS AND RESOURCES:
In 2018, access to affordable health care continued to be under threat nationwide. The US Congress debated whether to repeal and replace the ACA and the President’s Administration implemented strategies to sabotage the ACA and the ACA Marketplace.
- View this short summary to learn more.
Health Care NC – Advocating for Health Coverage Legislation in NC
- February 19, 2018 Webinar Slides
Understanding the Opioid Epidemic and Impacts in North Carolina
2018 Health Care League Action Team Plan
Overview of the Healthcare Industry: Challenges and Opportunities
Learn what we need to do to fix the ACA.
- September 5 webinar slides
- September 5 webinar recording. (Please note there is a 1-minute delay before the slide sharing begins. Simply wait or click within the progress bar at the bottom of the screen to move ahead in the recording.)
Better Understanding Medicaid’s Role in Health Care
- April 30 Recorded Webinar Video
- April 30 Understanding Medicaid Webinar Presentation
- Medicaid Basics
- New Opportunities to Expand Health Insurance Access to Low-Income North Carolinians
Health Care Updates and Advocacy Plans
- April 2 Advocacy Webinar Presentation
- LWVNC Printable Health Care Post Cards
- LWVNC Health Care Info Sheet
Understanding AHCA vs. ACA