Healthcare for low-income North Carolinians and the state’s coverage gap were key discussion points at a prayer breakfast Friday at Immaculate Conception Church in Hendersonville.
N.C. Rep. Chuck McGrady and Sister Peggy Verstege with Mercy Urgent Care were on hand to provide their viewpoints, explain where North Carolina stands on the issue, and to answer questions.
The breakfast, which drew a few dozen attendees, was hosted by Mercy Urgent Care and Immaculate Conception Justice and Peace Ministry.
The main focus of the morning was the large number of people that fall in a healthcare “coverage gap,” meaning they don’t qualify for Medicaid and can’t afford private insurance.
Millions of individuals gained healthcare coverage through the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as “Obamacare.” Medicaid eligibility was extended to nearly all low-income individuals with incomes at or below 138 percent of the poverty line.Continue reading...