Celebrating Medicaid Expansion!
In 2023, we celebrated the largest win that our state justice ministry has ever been a part of - the expansion of Medicaid to over 600,000 people across North Carolina! Since 2021, UU Justice NC has been proud to contribute to the movement for Medicaid Expansion as part of both the NC People's Budget and Health Action NC Coalitions.
Together, UUs across the state have written letters to the Editor, postcards, made hundreds of phone calls, participated in rallies and vigils and the state general assembly, and showed up at the offices of our elected officials to demand action. Even our children and youth have gotten involved - making "Love thy Neighbor! Expand Medicaid!" Valentines that were distributed to state elected officials during out February 2023 Advocacy Day at the General Assembly. This is faith in action.
In September of 2023, we lived our values by showing up in solidarity with North Carolinians who were directly impacted by the healthcare coverage gap. UUs from across the triangle accompanied two individuals with life threatening medical conditions to the offices of Sen. President Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore. In partnership with the NC Justice Center, we sent a loud and clear message to Stop gambling with people's lives! Enact Medicaid Expansion NOW!
On December 1st, 2023, Medicaid Expansion was finally enacted in our state. Now the work begins to help get people across the state enrolled. In 2024, we will continue to work in close partnership with the North Carolina Justice Center, and encourage NC UUs to become Medicaid Expansion Ambassadors! For more information about this opportunity, check our their Toolkit on Outreach and Education Strategies.