Medicaid Expansion

Coronavirus gains a foothold in rural North Carolina

Coronavirus gains a foothold in rural North Carolina

May 7, 2020
North Carolina Health News

Summary: In-depth analysis from North Carolina Health News of the coronavirus outbreak in Columbus County highlights the difficulties North Carolinians in rural areas are facing. As of May 4th, Columbus County had the highest coronavirus rate amongst all rural counties which already suffer from lessened access to care and worse health care outcomes on average. 

Health care experts say pandemic exposed disparities in system
Cohen: Coronavirus magnifies ‘cracks’ in NC’s health care system
NC’s rural, mental health care ‘in dire straits’ due to virus outbreak

NC’s rural, mental health care ‘in dire straits’ due to virus outbreak

April 14, 2020
WRAL

Summary: Laura Leslie provides in-depth coverage of a statehouse working group hearing from health care experts about the impacts of coronavirus in North Carolina. Hospitals that were having financial troubles before are facing even steeper challenges. An already strained mental health system may see an increase in need, and already struggling rural hospitals are seeing […]

Medicaid study shows expansion states have slightly lower health declines

Medicaid study shows expansion states have slightly lower health declines

January 8, 2020
Winston Salem-Journal

SUMMARY: North Carolina is currently one of 14 states that have not moved forward with Medicaid expansion including seven in the southeast. A recent study by a nonpartisan peer-review journal, Health Affairs, reveals that the other states in our region who have expanded eligibility are having better health outcomes. The study reports that non-elderly low-income […]

Rural and safety net hospitals prepare for cut in federal support
Report: Medicaid expansion could have saved 1,400 in state

Report: Medicaid expansion could have saved 1,400 in state

November 6, 2019
Winston-Salem Journal By Richard Craver

Summary: Recent coverage in the Winston-Salem Journal highlights some shocking statistics coming out of a recent study from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. We are accustomed to seeing research that shows the harm that has been done to North Carolinians physical and economic health by being one of only 16 states that have […]

More North Carolina children are uninsured

More North Carolina children are uninsured

November 1, 2019
North Carolina Health News

SUMMARY: In-depth reporting by North Carolina Health News into a recent report from Georgetown University suggests that North Carolina’s failure to expand Medicaid is leading to disturbing trends in health care coverage for North Carolina children.  From 2016 to 2018 the number of children without health insurance in North Carolina has risen after almost a […]

NC taxpayers have paid $8.3 billion to expand Medicaid elsewhere

NC taxpayers have paid $8.3 billion to expand Medicaid elsewhere

October 4, 2019
Raleigh News & Observer By Ned Barnett

Summary: A powerful opinion piece in the Raleigh News & Observer lays out the severe economic impact of North Carolina’s inability to move forward with Medicaid expansion. A 2014 analysis by the Cone Health Foundation and the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust provided estimates that there would be severe economic consequences if North Carolina didn’t […]

North Carolina ranks near bottom for health care

North Carolina ranks near bottom for health care

August 23, 2019
Chatham News + Record

SUMMARY: As reported in the Chatham News + Record, a survey released by Wallet Hub assessed each state and the District of Columbia in three health care categories: cost, access and outcomes. In the final report issued by the group on North Carolinians’ access to quality health care, North Carolina ranked 50th. The rankings for […]