As a small business owner I was recently invited to a conference with the director of the White House Business Council and the Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding the economics of Medicaid expansion. New calculations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show that N.C. is losing $10.859 million every single day that our governor and state legislature delay expanding our Medicaid services in N.C. This is money that N.C. citizens have already paid to the Federal government in the form of payroll, income, capital gains and excise taxes that was budgeted to be returned to N.C. to pay 100 percent of the cost in N.C. for the next three years for an expanded Medicaid program. Rather than expanding Medicaid services to 377,000 low income working N.C. citizens that do not have health insurance, our state government has refused to accept this money. Since N.C. is refusing this money that would not cost us a penny extra for the next three years our money is being given to other states like Kentucky, New York and California rather than being used here in N.C.