To the Editor:

Time for state legislators to support Medicaid expansion


The North Carolina Assembly has a historic chance to insure 600,000 North Carolinians, and receive $2 billion in federal funds, simply by voting to expand Medicaid.

As a retired teacher, my heart breaks for students whose families have COVID but can’t go to the doctor because they are uninsured. Thirty-nine states, including Republican-led states like Oklahoma, Indiana and Arkansas, have already accepted this offer for the federal government to pay 90% of the cost. Veteran groups, the business community, and 70% of Republicans and Democrats support this. We thank Sen. Valerie Foushee and Rep. Robert Reives II for their support of Medicaid expansion. Now is the time for the North Carolina Assembly to take a simple vote providing health care to over half a million of our fellow citizens.

Lynn Holbein