North Carolina Justice Center: Southerners for Medicaid Expansion
The South has the nation’s highest uninsured rates, overwhelming rates of poverty, chronic health conditions and racial health inequities. North Carolina remains one of only 12 states that has not expanded Medicaid. The North Carolina Justice Center, a Cone Health Foundation grantee, joined Southerners from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and South Carolina to organize and to ensure that Medicaid is extended to more people with low incomes.
If these states expanded Medicaid, roughly seven-and-a-half million people would gain access to critical, life-saving health care. Many of these uninsured Southerners are Black and Latinx people who are more likely to be workers on the pandemic’s frontlines and are, tragically overrepresented in COVID-19 infections and deaths.
Southerners for Medicaid Expansion hosted an online vigil in early October, honoring the lives of people who have suffered, mostly because Medicaid has not been expanded in the region. Stacey Abrams moderated the digital vigil and the keynote speaker was Reverend Doctor William Barber II, president of Repairers of the Breach, and a nationally known advocate calling for the moral revival of our country and government. Watch the full digital vigil here.