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[INFOGRAPHIC] N.C.’s Most Vulnerable People Hit Hardest by Medicaid Cuts

North Carolina’s Medicaid program dominates the state’s annual health and human services budget — at just under $3 billion in the current fiscal year, the program represents about 15 percent of total state spending. Medicaid is a vital component of North Carolina’s economic engine, as it injects $9 billion in federal funds into the state’s economy. Moreover, Medicaid has provided essential health care for hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians who have experienced broad and persistent hardships through the Great Recession.

As of March 2011, 1.9 million North Carolinians were eligible for Medicaid, yet the General Assembly cut appropriations for the program hundreds of millions below the amount needed to continue meeting the health-care needs of children, seniors, and people with disabilities throughout the state.

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N.C.'s Most Vulnerable People Hit Hardest by Medicaid Cuts

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