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Medicaid expansion good for Pitt

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Medicaid expansion could provide affordable health care to about 9,800 Pitt County residents struggling to get by on very low incomes. Without affordable health insurance, people must make too many hard choices as they triage their bills and obligations. Which is least crucial, groceries, medication, rent, utilities? The stress alone undermines physical health and too often the uncompensated care provided in hospital emergency rooms is the only care available. Yet, for about 9,800 Pitt County residents the expansion of Medicaid would transform this situation for the better and make Pitt County a healthier community for us all.

Almost the entire cost of expanding Medicaid in North Carolina would be paid for with funds from the federal government. Don’t get me wrong. This is not a “free money” fantasy. Far from it. Actually, we’ve already paid for it by paying our federal taxes each year. Yet, by refusing to expand Medicaid, the North Carolina General Assembly chooses to leave as much as $4 billion a year in federal funding on the table in Washington. Don’t keep leaving our money in Washington each year. Bring it back home and make our communities healthier and local our economies stronger.

Expanding Medicaid to include about 9,800 Pitt County residents would significantly reduce the amount of uncompensated health care delivered by hospitals like Vidant and by other health care providers in our area. It would channel as much as $4 billion a year in federal tax dollars back into our community and that would strengthen our health care system, support the local economy, and make us a healthier community.

Urge our “Doctor in the House” and other state representatives to vote for Medicaid expansion now.

Bob Edwards

Greenville

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