In Case You Missed It…The State Port Pilot highlighted a roundtable event where rural hospital executives from across the state and Governor Cooper discussed the importance of expanding Medicaid to benefit 500,000 North Carolinians. Attendee Dosher Memorial Hospital CEO Tom Siemers brought with him a resolution with a specific call to action to Republican legislators: expand Medicaid to benefit the financial health of hospitals and patient health.

Siemers added, “I and the other administrators really appreciated the chance to articulate what it means. I asked the governor what he thought was the chance for expansion. He’s absolutely making the effort to see it gets done. He’s acutely aware for rural communities what Medicaid expansion would mean.”

And yet, still no word from Lt. Gov Dan Forest.

Will Dan Forest stand with rural hospital
executives 
and the majority of North
Carolinians 
who support
Medicaid expansion?

KEY EXCERPTS:

  • “It’s the first time I know of a governor actually reaching out directly to hospital executives to talk about real-world issues that are affecting patients and hospitals in rural North Carolina,” Siemers said.
  • “I think it’s the right thing for the patients,” said Siemers. “I believe it’s the right thing for the hospital. I believe it’s the right thing for our community.”
  • Dosher estimates each year the hospital provides 2,534 emergency room visits to uninsured patients, approximately $8.7-million in uncompensated care and over $750,000 in charity care. Expanding Medicaid coverage would extend insurance coverage to approximately 500,000 people across the state, including many county residents, the resolution states.
  • “I and the other administrators really appreciated the chance to articulate what it means,” said Siemers. “I asked the governor what he thought was the chance for expansion. He’s absolutely making the effort to see it gets done. He’s acutely aware for rural communities what Medicaid expansion would mean.”

READ MORE: Dosher, other hospitals ask legislators for Medicaid expansion, By Terry Pope, May 9, 2019.
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