The population of North Carolina citizens aged 65 and older is growing fast, and that means a heftier price tag for health care in the near future. Medicaid’s bill for North Carolinians 65 and older could almost triple to $6 billion in 2037.
Melanie Bush, deputy director of the Division of Medical Assistance, writes in the current issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal that annual national health care expenditures exceed $3 trillion each year, but the U.S. experiences the highest infant mortality rate and higher rates of chronic disease than its international peers.
Tobacco use is responsible for most preventable deaths and diseases in North Carolina and the country. This is why UNC-Chapel Hill researchers point to tobacco control as a means to reduce health care costs in the current issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal.
The North Carolina Institute of Medicine presented Ben Money, CEO of the N.C. Community Health Center Association (NCCHCA), with the Award for Excellence in Health Policy Leadership at the NCIOM 2017 Annual Meeting today.
According to an issue brief released today by the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM), hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians gained health insurance coverage between 2013 and 2015. During that time, state data from the American Community Survey show a 4.7 percentage point decline in the number of uninsured under 65, or 387,000 fewer uninsured North Carolinians.
The North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) today published an issue brief reviewing the American Health Care Act passed by the US House of Representatives on May 4, 2017. The AHCA was designed to “repeal and replace” the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, through the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget reconciliation process.