Policy Brief #3: The Partnership for a Healthy North Carolina

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Medicaid Reform that Works for Patients, Providers, and Taxpayers Alike

North Carolina’s most vulnerable Medicaid patients deserve a health care safety net that meets their needs and move them from sickness to health. North
Carolina taxpayers deserve peace of mind their sacrifices to fund that safety net are not being squandered on a failing program that cannot meet its purpose.
And North Carolina policymakers deserve budget certainty when it comes to Medicaid spending, so they can adequately fund the program and all other state priorities.

North Carolina’s current Medicaid program does not meet a single one of these objectives:

  • In 55 percent of the most widely-tracked patient health outcome measures, North Carolina scored worse in 2011 than it did in 2010.
  • Total Medicaid spending in North Carolina has grown almost 90 percent in the last decade, from less than $8 billion annually just a decade ago to more than $14 billion annually in 2012.
  • North Carolina spends more per-person on Medicaid than any of its seven state neighbors, as well as the U.S. average.