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Close the Medicaid Gap Event


Join members of the North Carolina Medicaid Expansion Coalition for Close the Medicaid Gap - Week of Advocacy

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Patients, healthcare providers, individuals in the coverage gap, and advocates are planning a Week of Advocacy to raise public awareness about the need for North Carolina to close our Medicaid gap. Closing the gap would provide health coverage for half a million North Carolinians and create tens of thousands of jobs. Please join us for any or all of the events below!

Conference Calls: Preparing for Your Visit

  • Thursday, May 19th at 6 PM
    Conference Call - The Facts on Closing the Medicaid Gap

  • Monday, May 23rd at Noon
    Conference Call - The Facts on Closing the Medicaid Gap

  • The two conference calls will provide identical content, and are intended to prepare advocates to attend the Day of Advocacy on May 25th. Both conference calls will provide talking points and facts on closing the Medicaid Gap, as well as tips for effective advocacy with elected officials.

Phonebanking at NC Justice Center Monday, May 23rd at 6 - 8 PM
Location: 224 South Dawson Street in downtown Raleigh
  • Help make calls to turn out folks to Advocacy Day and contact legislators on closing the gap. RSVP to Ciara Zachary at Dinner will be provided!

Twitter Town Hall hosted by Young Invincibles Tuesday, May 24th from 2-3 PM
  • Young Invincibles (@YoungInvincible) and NC Justice Center's Health Access Coalition (@nchealthaccess) will host a twitter chat to promote Closing the Coverage Gap and the upcoming Advocacy Day.

For information about the twitter chat, please contact

Day of Advocacy at NC General Assembly

  • Wednesday, May 25th from 8 AM - 3 PM:
    Location: 101 Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

8 AM: Registration

8:45 AM - 10:45 AM: Educational and Advocacy Training

10:45 AM - 3 PM: Visit with your legislators*** and watch session
Find your state senators and representatives here. Click "Open Member Page" to find his/her phone number and office number. (Most offices are in the Legislative Office Building, 300 N Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27603)

- ***NOTE: Meetings will not be scheduled in advance for advocates. If you have a relationship with your legislator's office or feel comfortable reaching out to them, please consider contacting them in advance to set up appointments. It is a busy time for legislators, but they or their legislative assistants should be available to talk with you for at least a few minutes.

Afternoon: Press Conference and deliver petitions to Governor's office (Time TBD based on legislative calendar)
NC General Assembly and Capitol Building

We know not everyone will be able to arrive, by 8:45 AM for the start of training. If you are making a long trip to Raleigh that morning, please listen in on one of the conference calls in advance, and arrive when you are able to!

For more information on any of the events, contact Lee Storrow at or Nicole Dozier at

Medicaid Reform and Expansion: A Panel Discussion

On April 20th, LWV sponsored a stimulating and multi-faceted panel discussion about the promise of Medicaid reform and the possibility of Medicaid expansion in North Carolina.

Panelists included:

  • Representative Marilyn Avila, who has represented the 40th District for five terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives, will explain what's involved in Medicaid reform.

  • Susan F. Shumaker, RN, MHA, FACHE, who serves as President of the Cone Health Foundation, will discuss the coverage gap and its economic effect on the regional and state economy.

  • Rob Luisana, a managing partner with Pilot Benefits, will explain the impact of Medicaid on North Carolina's employer and insurance markets.

Dr. Jim Foster was the League MC and the panelists were from left to right: Rob Luisana, Partner Pilot Benefits, Susan Schumaker with the cone health foundation and Representative Marilyn Avila from the 40th house district.

Dr. Jim Foster



The LWVNC statewide Health Care Roundtable, in conjunction with the NC Justice Center and the NC Community Health Center Association, were awarded a grant to work to educate local communities about the benefits of Medicaid expansion- in new jobs, in increased business activity, and in getting hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians health coverage, and to advocate on behalf of the fiscal benefits of Medicaid expansion to local legislators and local government officials. This effort is called the Close the Coverage Gap Campaign.

Please join us and help move Medicaid expansion forward in NC!

To get engaged or just find out more information please contact either:

ACA Update PowerPoint

Close the Gap Durham CoC

The Economic and Employment Costs of not Expanding Medicaid in North Carolina