North Carolina Governor Visits Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital To Discuss Medicaid Expansion

Monday, April 15, 2019

Mark Kimball, CEO of Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital (EWCH) presented North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper with a resolution “urging the North Carolina General Assembly to expand Medicaid in North Carolina as soon as possible” at a roundtable discussion at the hospital on April 11.

 

“Across North Carolina, 40 percent of rural hospitals are operating with budget deficits and four have closed since 2014,” said officials with Governor Cooper’s office.

“Nationally, 82 percent of rural hospital closures since 2014 have been in states that did not close the coverage gap.”

 

Erlanger’s resolution highlights the challenges rural hospitals face, including estimates that it costs EWCH more than $17 million per year to treat uninsured patients.

 

“Delayed care often results in acute emergencies requiring expensive hospitalizations,” said Governor Kimball. “Creating accessibility to affordable health care while simultaneously creating jobs is an important part of this resolution and we encourage the representatives of North Carolina to support the NC Health Care for Working Families legislation. As a critical access hospital, we see how lack of care accessibility and income dramatically affects our communities.”

 

Erlanger officials were joined at the roundtable discussion by other hospital and community leaders as well as Pastor Tim Huff from Murphy Free Methodist Church, Tom O’Brien, president and CEO of Industries Opportunities, Inc., and Dr. Brian Mitchell from Peachtree Community Health Center.

 


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