It’s been a long time coming, but North Carolina has finally expanded Medicaid to cover the so-called gap left by Obamacare when it was adopted more than 10 years ago. Most states expanded Medicaid at that time, but a few states held out, North Carolina being one of them.
North Carolina’s adoption of expanded Medicaid leaves only a few states left that have not expanded Medicaid to cover people whose incomes are above the initial Medicaid threshold but below the threshold for Obamacare.
The expansion of North Carolina does not include a work requirement as some of their states have proposed. But most poor people already work at least 30 hours a week.
North Carolinians between the ages of 19 to 64 who make up to 138% of the federal poverty line now qualify for Medicaid. That’s any single adult who makes less than $20,000 per year, or a family of three with an income below $34,000 combined. Until now, full Medicaid coverage in North Carolina was available only for low-income residents who were: disabled, elderly, children, and pregnant people through the first year of a child’s birth. Some very low-income parents could also qualify.https://www.wunc.org/health/2023-12-01/north-carolina-medicaid-expansion-live-first-southeast