Coverage gap will be one of the deciding factors in upcoming election
Today, Care4Carolina, a statewide coalition of 66 organizations committed to finding a solution for closing North Carolina’s health insurance coverage gap, released a “tool-kit” for all legislative and Council of State candidates.
The coverage gap refers to people who make too much or otherwise don’t qualify for Medicaid, but make too little to receive a subsidy to buy insurance in the federal market place.
“We know that closing the coverage gap will be one of the deciding factors in this upcoming election, so we want to make sure all the candidates for elected office have the most current and accurate data on this important issue,” said Erica Palmer Smith, Director of Care4Carolina.
According to a recent poll by Harper Polling, nearly two-thirds of North Carolina voters believe that closing the health insurance gap will be an important election issue and 75% of North Carolina voters support closing the coverage gap.
The tool kit contains state and local economic impact data on closing the gap, links to county specific information, a slide presentation on public support for closing the gap, fact sheets and a compilation of frequently asked questions about the issue. Copies of the tool kit will be shared with the leadership of all parties who have candidates on the November ballot.
“Our hope is that by sharing this information with everyone running to serve our state, we can set the stage for productive and solution-focused action when the legislature reconvenes in January,” said Palmer Smith.
A copy of the tool kit is available at: https://care4carolina.com/resources/candidate-toolkit-2020/