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Close the Coverage Gap in the Budget Conference Report

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Take Action: Urge Lawmakers to #ClosetheGapNC in Final Budget

Given North Carolina’s strong fiscal standing – thanks to your stewardship and service as a member of the North Carolina General Assembly – I urge you to provide greater access to affordable health insurance by closing the coverage gap.

North Carolina should develop a healthcare solution that suits the needs of our working families, small business owners and employees and so many more.

Now, is the time to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians, shore up North Carolina’s healthcare systems, support our rural communities and position our state for future success.  

Please support a budget that includes closing the health insurance coverage gap! 

Sincerely, 

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Budget differences between the NC House and Senate continue to be negotiated. We must continue to urge NC lawmakers to include language in the final budget to provide greater access to health insurance by closing the coverage gap.

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  • “North Carolina can look across the state line to see the significant economic and health benefits that Virginia has experienced by closing the health insurance gap. The federal revenues that are now flowing to Virginia health systems are investments that benefit all patients and create new jobs”. Anna Healy James Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations Sentara Healthcare
  • “The pandemic has hit North Carolina’s small business network especially hard, and we have seen extensive small business loss across the state. But even in normal economic times the coverage gap directly hurts the hundreds of thousands of hard-working North Carolinians who are employed by small businesses that cannot offer health coverage benefits”. Mike Hawkins Co-Chair, Small Business Policy Task Force, NC Rural Center President, Pisgah Enterprises
  • “The healthcare system is a critical component of local economies, providing direct, high wage jobs while maintaining a healthy workforce and providing companies with reliable employees. We need to keep NC’s competitive advantage by keeping our healthcare systems strong and our citizens healthy”. John Chaffee Business Broker, Transworld Business Advisors Former President and CEO, NC East Alliance
  • “Every day that we do not close the gap, we leave over 600,000 North Carolinians without an affordable health insurance option. And we leave $7.8 million federal dollars on the table -- every day -- that could be returned to hard working North Carolinians who paid them in the first place. It is time that we work together to find a solution”. Dr. Philip M. Brown, Jr., M.D. President, NC Medical Society Chief Physician Executive and EVP, New Hanover Regional Medical Center
  • “North Carolina cannot afford to be left behind as the rest of the country guns its economic engines. Coming to agreement on our state’s next budget affords our elected officials an opportunity to use the federal offer to close the coverage gap. I urge them to get down to business and make it happen.” - Former NC Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker
  • “Not only would closing the coverage gap stabilize North Carolina's rural health care infrastructure, it would also generate thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenue for local governments.” - Patrick Woodie, President, NC Rural Center
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Faith Leaders Support Closing the Coverage Gap

Faith communities thrive with healthier members as they can get out and about more, and do what God has called them to do. Faith communities set people free to fulfill the calling God has for them, and that can’t be done if they have unattended health problems due to the lack of insurance coverage.