Vigil to spotlight health care needs


From Staff Reports

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

A Health Care Can’t Wait vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Opportunities Industrialization Center at 300 N. Grace Street.

The event is part of a coordinated statewide event in more than 20 other towns and cities to honor and remember the people who have died and suffered in the Medicaid coverage gap, according to organizers from the N.C. Justice Center.

Faith leaders, local elected officials, health care providers and people directly impacted by the Medicaid coverage gap are scheduled to speak at the vigil in Rocky Mount.

North Carolina is one of 14 states that have not expanded Medicaid to provide care to people in need. For too many people across the state, N.C. Justice Center officials said, not having health coverage is a matter of life or death.

These vigils are meant to amplify the issue of closing the health coverage gap during the critical time in budget negotiations, since both the state House and Senate have left Medicaid expansion out of their budgets.

By expanding Medicaid, more than 4,733 people could gain coverage in Nash County and an estimated 2,871 people could gain coverage in Edgecombe County, according to the N.C. Justice Center.