(Raleigh, NC) – North Carolina Veterans, law enforcement officials, faith leaders and legislators gathered today at the NC Museum of History for a Medicaid expansion prayer breakfast.
Featured speakers included Sen. Kevin Corbin, Rep. Wayne Sasser, Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson and former Chief of Chaplains for the US Army (Major General) Douglas Carver (Retired).
Major General Carver, speaking on behalf of the 14,000 NC veterans in the health insurance coverage gap, told lawmakers:
“Our troops are willing to lay down their lives for you and me … What can we do (for them)? Well, we can never do enough for our troops. But if it means passing legislation so that those who are uninsured are taken care of, then it’s worth our time and energy and the blood, sweat and tears that you’re going to spend in a legislative session.”
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The event was hosted by Care4Carolina, a non-partisan coalition that believes that access to quality, affordable health care helps build a healthier, stronger North Carolina.
The coverage gap afflicts North Carolinians who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but too little to qualify for a subsidy on the health insurance marketplace. Many North Carolinians faithfully report to jobs day after day, but do not receive health insurance from their employers. And hundreds of thousands of working people still fall below the federal poverty line, which is around $26,000 for a family of four.