Orange County Board of Commissioners Endorses Medicaid Expansion in NC

Orange County Board of Commissioners Endorses Medicaid Expansion in NC

From Chapelboro.com Dec. 7, 2017

The Orange County Board of Commissioners met Monday night and voted unanimously on a resolution to support putting the option to expand Medicaid in North Carolina to low-income residents before voters across the state.

The support follows a referendum that the state of Maine put on their ballot that successfully passed.

According to the resolution, putting Medicaid expansion on the ballot would allow North Carolina voters to decide whether to expand health care coverage to residents who are in a coverage gap and otherwise do not qualify for the Affordable Care Act subsidies or Medicaid.

The resolution states that the majority of the North Carolinians in the coverage gap are from working poor families, meaning either they or a family member are employed but are still living below the poverty line.