North Carolina

150,422 North Carolinians with disabilities are at risk of losing the services that enable them to live and participate in the community.
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North Carolina stands to lose $6 billion in federal funding for Medicaid through the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA). AHCA cuts Medicaid funding by imposing a “per capita cap” on Medicaid, with the capped amounts growing every year. North Carolina will either have to raise taxes, cut other budget areas, or cut Medicaid. Cutting Medicaid would have drastic impacts on the lives of Medicaid recipients.  

Every year, for  the past seven years, North Carolina has received $8.2 billion in federal assistance on average — or two-thirds of North Carolina’s Medicaid costs. In 2016, Medicaid served nearly 2 million North Carolinians, or approximately 20 percent of the state’s population. Among the 2 million Medicaid recipients, were 465, 702 people with disabilities. Medicaid  provides people with disabilities  with access to critical care that helps them live independently. 

If you care about people with disabilities – if you or someone you love is supported by Medicaid, please take action NOW

You matter, your story about Medicaid is critical, and your call makes a difference. 

It is absolutely essential to make the case to your representatives Burr, Tillis, and Cooper, about the impact of the Medicaid per capita caps on community services and supports for individuals with disabilities.

Please, whether you’re a lifelong activist or haven’t voted in years – take five minutes today to help defend essential services for people with disabilities.

Call: the main Capitol line at: (202) 224-3121 (You’ll be directed to an operator at the Capitol switchboard who can direct you to both of your senators.)

What to Say

North Carolina will be uniquely, dramatically, and negatively affected by the AHCA. Your North Carolinian representatives could hold the key to defeating it.  AHCA will cost the State of North Carolina$6,000,ooo,000. Swaying your representatives to oppose AHCA is crucial, please contact them and encourage your friends and family to join you.

Your Representatives

Senator Richard Burr
(202) 224-3154
217 Russell Building, Washington, DC 20510
 
Angela Wiles
Health Policy Director
202-224-3154
 
Senator Thom Tillis
(202) 224-3004
185 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
 
Joe Nolan
Legislative Assistant
joe_nolan@tillis.senate.gov
202-224-6342
 
Governor Ray Cooper
(919) 814-2000
North Carolina Office of the Governor
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301
Key messages:
  • Do NOT support the American Health Care Act.  
  • Do NOT allow Medicaid to be gutted.  Per Capita Caps would decimate the program on which people with disabilities and seniors rely for critical healthcare and community services.  
  • Do NOT allow states to opt out of requiring health plans to cover basic health care and keep it affordable for people with pre-existing conditions, including people with disabilities.

Learn More About Medicaid in North Carolina and the Potential Impact of the AHCA: 

North Carolina Harmed By Medicaid Caps(Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF) and NHeLP)

North Carolina Medicaid Program

Defending Health Care in 2017: What is at Stake for North Carolina (Families USA)

Medicaid Facts North Carolina (Kaiser Family Foundation)

Reports on State Impact:

State Medicaid Financing Fact Sheet (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)

The Impact of Medicaid Cuts on People with Disabilities: State-by-State Breakdown (Center for American Progress)

State Variation in Medicaid Per Enrollee Spending for Seniors and People with Disabilities  (Kaiser Family Foundation)

The Impact of Per Capita Caps on Federal and State Medicaid Spending (Urban Institute)

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