Letter: Increasing access to health care


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Access to health care is a major contributor to the prevention and control of chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease and stroke.

Affordable health care insurance such as Medicaid Expansion would provide for our state would allow persons to seek this access by allowing for regular follow up visits with a physician or other healthcare provider, help pay for medications as well as education about lifestyle changes.

Currently a coverage gap exists for more than 300,000 low income individuals that have no affordable health insurance options available to them, and of this population, 66 percent are in working families. Also troubling is that nearly 12,000 low-income veterans are without access to comprehensive health insurance coverage.

The stability of health insurance would reduce number of hospital ED visits, lower the cost of hospital stays and provide for healthier North Carolina citizens. A healthier North Carolina workforce would strengthen the economy and social well being in the state.