Groups urge McCrory to veto anti-Medicaid bill

 Groups say Governor, General Assembly creating huge, irreversible problems for low-income North Carolinians.

***Media Advisory for Friday, February 15th at 12 noon***

Raleigh, NC – A group of community leaders, advocates and Medicaid recipients are calling on newly-elected Governor McCrory, to push back against the overreaching General Assembly and veto the bill which blocks Medicaid expansion in North Carolina.

“Not only are the Governor and the General Assembly making life needlessly difficult for low-income North Carolinians, but are also rejecting $15 billion for our economy at large,” said Kevin Rogers, Policy and Public Affairs Director for Action NC. “There is absolutely no logical reason to oppose this expansion.”

Both the General Assembly and Gov. McCrory oppose expanding the Medicaid program to cover 500,000 low-income, uninsured individuals across the state, as well as the creation of a health care exchange made possible by the Affordable Care Act. In turn, they are rejecting $15 billion in federal funds North Carolina would have received over the next decade, saving thousands of jobs for health care workers and rural hospitals, as well as money for any North Carolinian who buys health insurance.

After the press conference, attendees will deliver more than 10,000 petitions signed by North Carolinians to the Governor’s office urging the Governor to reject this proposal.

WHO:              Medicaid recipients, community activists, concerned citizens

WHAT:            Rally with speakers and visuals, petition delivery to Governor

WHEN:            Friday, February 15 at 12 noon

WHERE:           NC Capital Building, South side (facing Fayetteville St)

                        1 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC


CONTACT:        Kevin Rogers
PHONE:           919.862.4009