Veterans' Day for the ACA
“NC is stated to be the most military friendly state in the nation. How can this be when we are denying health care to 23,300 NORTH CAROLINIAN veterans?”
Veterans’ Day is a time to reflect upon the sacrifices that the women and men of the US military have made. Many of our elected leaders beat the drums of patriotism when they send our troops to fight their wars, but then refuse to support vital programs for them when they return home.
Here in North Carolina, Governor McCrory and the GOP-controlled General Assembly have turned their backs on NC veterans who would be eligible for Medicaid Expansion.
Meanwhile, in Washington, North Carolina’s GOP Congressional delegation has wasted five years of taxpayers’ money fighting to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The reality is that NC veterans’ families are benefiting from the ACA.
Many people erroneously assume that all of our nation’s 12.5 million non-elderly veterans receive health benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs, but in reality only two-thirds of veterans actually are eligible for VA health care, and only one-third are enrolled.
As Veterans Day approaches, it is time to understand five important truths about veterans and their health care:
- Not all veterans are eligible for health care services through the Veterans Administration
- Uninsured veterans have substantial medical needs
- Nearly half of our currently uninsured veterans now would be receiving the coverage had NC expanded Medicaid.
- Veterans living in rural areas often have no VA facilities near them
- For some veterans, expanding Medicaid would improve their standing in the VA’s priority system.
Will you join us on Tuesday?
1 E Edenton St
Raleigh, NC 27601
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