It is estimated 500,000 North Carolinians are uninsured. And most rely heavily on community clinics. Today, members of one Triad facility are in Raleigh urging legislators to expand Medicaid coverage. "Last year, we lost $3.5 million," says Brian Ellerby. "So we're at a point where we will have to consider cutting access to the uninsured." Ellerby is CEO at Triad Adult Pediatric Medicine on South Eugene Street in Greensboro. It is a non profit that provides medical care for Guilford County's roughly 94,000 uninsured residents.
Governor Pat McCrory issued a statement this morning, in which he said that, after reviewing the advantages and disadvantages of expanding Medicaid, he does not think North Carolina is ready to operate the health exchanges mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
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In the 1950’s, Lydia Cavanaugh grew up on a farm in Middle Georgia with her brother and sister. At the age of four, her father died. In this segment of StoryLine, she describes to StoryLine Facilitator Jeffrey Pegram the big surprise the family later received.