Increasing Access to Health Care

Every North Carolinian should be able to get good health care, no matter where you live or how much money you earn. For more than a decade, the General Assembly refused to expand Medicaid, costing thousands of lives, squandering approximately $40 billion of our own tax dollars, and causing rural hospitals to shutter. I am proud to have worked with Governor Cooper and countless advocates to have convinced the legislature to finally expand Medicaid and deliver life-saving health care to 600,000 North Carolinians. 

As your Attorney General, I have taken on big health care fights and won. When Republican Attorneys General across the nation fought to strike down the Affordable Care Act, I worked to successfully defend Obamacare before the U.S. Supreme Court, protecting four million North Carolinians with pre-existing conditions, saving health care access for hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians, and keeping prescription drug costs down for more than one million seniors across the state. 

I led the bi-partisan effort of state Attorneys General to hold drug companies accountable for the opioid crisis that is devastating families and communities across the state, winning more than $50 billion nationally to help people struggling with opioid addiction become healthy. I have also taken generic drug manufacturers to court for engaging in illegal, anti-competitive price fixing conspiracies to raise the cost of prescription drugs. 

We are also working to improve hospital price transparency and to ensure that big hospital chains do not gobble up small rural hospitals, jack up prices, and reduce quality of care. Too many rural hospitals have closed their doors in recent years. Protecting health care access for rural North Carolinians is critical. That’s why I sued HCA Mission for its failure to offer adequate emergency and oncology services to the people of western North Carolina. 

Additionally, we are addressing the youth mental health crisis. I am part of the leadership group of states suing Facebook and Instagram and investigating TikTok for the damage they have inflicted on our young people. Too often, these companies do not see young people as children to be protected but as dollar signs to be exploited. They must do better, and I will see them in court if they won’t agree to necessary protections.

We also work to preserve the public’s investment in health care by going after health care fraud. My office’s Medicaid Investigations Division has recovered over $250 million for taxpayers.

As Governor, I will work to increase access to affordable, quality health care for all North Carolinians by building on Medicaid expansion and working to get drug and hospital costs under control. We’ll work to expand telemedicine, increase the number of health care providers in rural North Carolina, promote hospital price transparency, and strengthen our mental health, behavioral health, and drug treatment systems.