Medicaid Coverage Gap Leaves Thousands in NC Without Health Care

PLS Public Benefits Program Director Thomas Lodwick was recently featured in the Asheville Citizen Times article, “9K across WNC and state to lose health insurance each month until Medicaid expansion.”

Lodwick and PLS client Amanda Branks spoke to the Citizen Times about the Medicaid coverage gap, an issue that exists because North Carolina has not yet expanded Medicaid. Folks who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid and too little to qualify for Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies are left without health insurance.

Branks is one of the thousands of NC residents who falls into this gap. With Medicaid redetermination in process, it’s expected that nearly 9,000 people in North Carolina will lose health insurance each month until Medicaid expansion goes into effect, reports the Citizen Times.

Read the article to learn more about Branks’ story and what’s happening with Medicaid.

If you live in Pisgah Legal’s service area and have lost Medicaid coverage, call our main line at 828-253-0406 to apply for help.

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Read the Citizen Times Story