December 18 marked the one-year anniversary of the release of a first-of-its-kind, county-by-county study, showing that by 2020, the North Carolina workforce could grow by more than 43,000 jobs, and the state’s economy could gain tens of billions in business revenue if the state expands Medicaid eligibility requirements. The report, a nonpartisan economic analysis authored by university researchers and funded by Cone Health Foundation and the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, includes data for all 100 North Carolina counties, and concludes that nearly 500,000 residents would benefit if the state closes the Medicaid coverage gap.

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