“Medicaid Advocate” Cal Cunningham Cut the Program in the State Legislature | Beaufort County Now | Once again, Cal Cunningham has been exposed for saying one thing when his record says another. | NCGOP, medicaid advocate, cal cunningham, cutting the program, state legislature, july 1, 2020

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

“Medicaid Advocate” Cal Cunningham Cut the Program in the State Legislature

Press Release:

    Raleigh, NC     Once again, Cal Cunningham has been exposed for saying one thing when his record says another. Despite his efforts to try to position himself as a Medicaid champion, the Raleigh News & Observer reported today that Cunningham voted to cut Medicaid in 2001.

    "In a budget he (Cunningham) supported in 2001, Democrats cut the state's reimbursement rate to 95% for doctors treating Medicaid patients, cut the fee the state would pay to pharmacists for brand-name drugs and added a $47.5-million program for community-based mental health services as part of a deal to end a long budget standoff" (Raleigh News & Observer, 6/30/20)

    "Cal Cunningham wants voters to think he's a champion for Medicaid, but the fact is that he voted to cut Medicaid multiple times when he was in the legislature and did nothing to weed out the fraud, waste and abuse that endangered the program for the people who depend on it," said NCGOP Press Secretary Tim Wigginton. "While Senator Tillis spent his time in the legislature cleaning up the Medicaid mess he inherited, Cal Cunningham's dishonesty on the issue is just another example of him saying one thing and doing another, and why North Carolina voters know that he can't be trusted."

    BACKGROUND

    Cunningham voted to cut Medicaid twice while he was a state Senator.

  • "In 2001, legislators responded to depressed revenue forecasts by cutting state Medicaid funding by $44 million, among other measures. The 2002 continuation budget included a net cut to state Medicaid spending of $128 million, net of all enhanced Federal matching funds that were made available to the state in that year in response to the recession. These actions resulted in a total loss of approximately $483 million in Federal matching funds between 2001 and 2003." (NC Policy Watch, 6/4/11)

    A liberal health policy advocate said the 2001 Cunningham-backed budget had "substantial" cuts to medicaid.

  • "So are advocates for Medicaid patients, universities and the public schools, who say that the new $ 14.4 billion spending plan that emerged from the General Assembly at the end of the week contains a healthy dose of good news for them, too. 'It could have really been a lot worse,' said Adam Searing, an advocate for the poor on a variety of health policy issues. 'Medicaid was the fastest-growing part of this budget, and we avoided huge cuts in the program. There are substantial ones, but it's not as bad as it could have been.'" (Amy Gardner, "Budget Spares Health, Education Programs," News & Observer, 9/23/01)

    The same liberal health policy advocate opposed the 2001 state budget proposal that cunningham ultimately voted for because it raised prescription co-payments on the poor and lowered doctor reimbursements, which could lead to medicaid patients being turned away.

  • "Adam Searing, project director for the N.C. Health Access Coalition, objected to the proposal to raise prescription co-payments on the poor, which he said could harm the sickest Medicaid patients who rely on multiple prescriptions each month. And lowering doctor reimbursements could push physicians to turn Medicaid patients away, limiting their access to proper care, Searing and others said." (Amy Gardner, "Key Programs Face Deep Cuts In Budget Plan," News & Observer, 5/8/01)



  • Contact: Tim Wigginton
  •     communications@ncgop.org



HbAD0

Latest Bloodless Warfare: Politics

The State Board of Elections invites public comment on a series of proposed rules related to the expiration of political parties, precinct observers, recounts and campaign finance.
Governor Roy Cooper today announced the establishment of a COVID-19 vaccination center in North Carolina, in partnership with the federal government.
The North Carolina Senate on Monday failed to override Governor Cooper’s veto of SB37, legislation that would have required districts to provide in-person learning.
Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced that the State is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Matthew Leon Peterkin, age 41.
Approximately 18,000 Students to Participate in Career Awareness Programs Across North Carolina
Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced two new judicial appointments, one to the North Carolina Superior Court and one to the North Carolina District Court.
Today, Governor Roy Cooper vetoed the following bill: Senate Bill 37
Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced that the State is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murders of Tammy Lynette Pearce, Dominique Nicole Privette, Paul Shane Pearce and Selby Gene Outland.

HbAD1

Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced that the State is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Reginald Tyrice Edwards, age 34.
Governor Roy Cooper announced that the State is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of James Calvin Graham, Jr., age 52.
Governor Roy Cooper signed the following bill into law: House Bill 4
Though it is well-established and easy to see by the plain language of the statute and the settlement, Bell strongly declared at the end of her testimony that the collusive settlement “did not change the law."
Key indicators used to guide decisions throughout pandemic show state’s trends are moving in the right direction
Last week, a bipartisan coalition of the Republican-led North Carolina General Assembly passed SB37 to safely reopen North Carolina public schools.
The State Board of Elections on Tuesday voted unanimously to wait until June 12 to move members of the Constitution and Green parties to unaffiliated status in order to give the parties time to try to gather enough signatures to regain recognition in North Carolina.
Legislation giving North Carolina families the choice to attend in-person summer learning programs in public schools cleared multiple state House committees on Tuesday

HbAD2

 
Back to Top