NC taxpayers have paid $8.3 billion to expand Medicaid elsewhere

NC taxpayers have paid $8.3 billion to expand Medicaid elsewhere
October 4, 2019
Raleigh News & Observer By Ned Barnett

Summary: A powerful opinion piece in the Raleigh News & Observer lays out the severe economic impact of North Carolina’s inability to move forward with Medicaid expansion. A 2014 analysis by the Cone Health Foundation and the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust provided estimates that there would be severe economic consequences if North Carolina didn’t move forward with expansion – including estimates of losing $21 billion over four years starting in 2016. 

The news now is even worse: recent research suggests that North Carolina taxpayers have already paid $8.3 billion in federal taxes that have gone to support other states that have gone forward with expansion.