Health Coverage Gap Panel 3.16.16


Close the Gap NC



(CHARLOTTE, N.C. — March 9, 2016) To date, our state has failed to accept federal funds to expand health insurance coverage to more than 500,000 North Carolinians, forcing many families to go uninsured.

Four distinguished panelists will come together March 16 to educate their community about closing North Carolina’s Medicaid coverage gap.

The League of Women Voters of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, along with the NC Justice Center, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, NC Child, and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association are joining forces to educate the community about Medicaid expansion in North Carolina.

The panelists include:

Susan F. Shumaker, RN, MHA, FACHE, who serves as president of the Cone Health Foundation, will speak about the coverage gap’s effect on North Carolina and Charlotte’s economies.

Rob Luisana is a Managing Partner with Pilot Benefits and will explain the impact closing the coverage gap will have on North Carolina’s insurance market.

Fred Hargett is EVP and CFO of Novant Health and will speak about the financial impact of Medicaid expansion on hospitals.

Adam Linker, co-director of the Health Access Coalition at the NC Justice Center, will discuss the political dynamics of closing the Medicaid gap, and their implication for effective advocacy.

To learn more about closing the health insurance coverage gap in North Carolina, visit


About League of Women Voters of Charlotte-Mecklenburg
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, grassroots political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. A membership organization, the League presents unbiased information about voter issues and elections. The League of Women Voters is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation. Learn more at

About Legal Services of Southern Piedmont
Legal Services of Southern Piedmont’s mission is to ensure a full measure of justice for those in need, providing a wide range of civil legal assistance to eligible low-income persons in the Charlotte metropolitan area and West-Central N.C.

About NC Child
NC Child advances public policies that improve the lives of North Carolina’s children. We work statewide to ensure that all children are healthy, safe, well-educated, and economically secure by engaging communities, and informing and influencing decision-makers. Find out more at

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke –  the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit or call any of our offices around the country.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About the North Carolina Justice Center
The North Carolina Justice Center is the state’s preeminent voice for economic, social and political justice. As a leading progressive research and advocacy organization, our mission is to eliminate poverty in North Carolina by ensuring that every household in the state has access to the resources, services and fair treatment it needs to achieve economic security. Find out more at





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