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We’ve Got to Fix Healthcare in NC

Politics aside, healthcare is broken for our most vulnerable citizens.  Hundreds and hundreds of the men we serve have too little income – you heard me, too little income – to qualify for a health insurance subsidy.  That’s because under the federal healthcare law they are eligible for Medicaid if the state they live in expanded Medicaid coverage.  North Carolina did not and now we have a lot of citizens with serious health issues and no access to health insurance.  This puts a strain on our healthcare system, even as our major hospitals spend millions of dollars on unreimbursed care.  The immediate answer is to get Medicaid expansion implemented in North Carolina.  Let’s have the larger conversation about whether the federal law is the right way to go, but, in the meantime, let’s not allow our citizens experiencing homelessness to suffer needlessly.

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Carson Dean

In September 2008 I became the Executive Director of the Men's Shelter of Charlotte. I've spent almost 15 years working to end homelessness in North Carolina. After working with homeless and runaway youth in Raleigh, I served as the Director of the South Wilmington Street Center (men's shelter) in Wake County and then worked on Orange County's 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness. I am a former board chair for the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness and former chair of the Homeless Services Network in Charlotte. In 2014 I served as the partner agency representative on the United Way Central Carolinas board of directors.

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