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Healthcare

Healthcare Is a Basic Human Right

The League of Women Voters believes the U.S. health care system should provide a basic level of quality health care at an affordable cost to all U.S. residents. Every U.S. resident should have access to affordable, quality health care, including birth control and the privacy to make reproductive choices. 


LWV-Wake's Healthcare Committee works to educate League members and Wake voters about critical healthcare issues affecting our state and local communities. We advocate for healthcare reform in alignment with current League public policy positions.


The committee welcomes new members interested in fostering an informed electorate which is well prepared to vote on public policies that support access to appropriate healthcare services and promote a healthful quality of life for all residents. Among the topics we’ve covered are Medicaid Expansion, the impact of COVID-19 on general healthcare delivery, the challenges of health inequities, and the emerging behavioral health crisis across North Carolina.  For more information or to join the committee, contact Co-Chair Retta Riordan.

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COVID-19 Updates with Mandy Cohen

Medicaid Expansion

Since 2012, individual states have had the option to expand Medicaid coverage to take full advantage of the Affordable Care Act. North Carolina continues to refuse this opportunity for better healthcare coverage for more people. Without Medicaid expansion, thousands of North Carolinians are unable to qualify for Medicaid and unable to pay for health insurance in the ACA Marketplace or elsewhere. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, this number has only grown, and the lack of coverage disproportionately affects people of color.


Over the past year, this committee has been exploring the issues surrounding Medicaid Expansion and the resultant impacts on affected populations in North Carolina and elsewhere.

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Medicaid in North Carolina: An Overview
Medicaid in North Carolina: An Overview

Medicaid in North Carolina: An Overview

A thumbnail synopsis of what North Carolina Medicaid is, who qualifies for coverage, what services it covers, and how it differs from Medicare.


The Medicaid Coverage Gap: What Is It? Who’s in It?

Summary description of the historical context, recipient eligibility criteria, and current status of Medicaid expansion decisions across the U.S.


What Would Medicaid Expansion Mean in North Carolina?

Identifies the population groups who would become eligible under expansion rules and the cost savings to the state as a result of current federal incentives encouraging participation.


How Would North Carolina Pay for Medicaid Expansion?

Brief explanation of evolving federal-state cost-sharing strategies based on pre- and post-COVID Congressional funding actions.


Traditional Medicaid and Expansion of Medicaid: A Timeline of Critical Legal Actions

One-page chronology of Congressional legislation, Supreme Court rulings, and State responses to coverage changes over time.