Vigils held to support North Carolina Medicaid expansion

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — People who want the North Carolina legislature to expand Medicaid this year to cover hundreds of thousands of additional adults are gathering across the state to remember people who lacked insurance.

The North Carolina Justice Center is organizing more than 20 “Health Care Can’t Wait” vigils for Wednesday evening, stretching from Sylva to Wilmington. The events are designed to remember people who suffered and died because they couldn’t afford health care.

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Medicaid expansion supporters are urging legislators to include expansion in their final budget. Neither the House nor the Senate budget proposals contain it.

About 2 million people already qualify for Medicaid in North Carolina. More than 35 states already have expanded Medicaid eligibility in some form through the 2010 federal health care overhaul.