Expansion of Medicaid resolution for WCMS
September 11, 2013
Subject: Expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in North Carolina
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Introduced by: Western Carolina Medical Society
WHEREAS, the incremental impact of expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in North Carolina would result in the coverage of 478,000 citizens currently without health insurance; and
WHEREAS, the incremental cost increase to the state during the decade from 2013 to 2022 would be $3.075 billion; and
WHEREAS, without Medicaid Expansion, the net State expenditures relative to baseline for uncompensated care from the decade from 2013 to 2022 would be $1.725 Billion, thus the net incremental increase if Medicaid were expanded would be $1.35 Billion for the same decade; and
WHEREAS, the incremental cost to the state for expanding Medicaid would have the net effect of increasing health care coverage for 478,000 of our poorest citizens and the incremental increase of federal dollars to the state for expanding coverage during that same time period would be $39.638 Billion. This increase would result in 25,000 new jobs by 2016; therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the North Carolina Medical Society lobby for the expansion of Medicaid and work with the General Assembly of North Carolina to enact legislation to make it possible; and be it further
RESOLVED, that North Carolina expand Medicaid as provided under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act in order to benefit the uninsured and provide needed funding to the state and its providers and hospitals to deliver this care.
Frank Moretz, MD, President Gus Vickery, MD, President-Elect
Western Carolina Medical Society Western Carolina Medical Society
Fiscal Note: This will require staff support with no additional significant resources required.