This report is a summary of a larger analysis of the adequacy of North Carolina’s consumer protections in the managed care market. North Carolina’s ability to protect consumers in managed care is especially relevant given the rapid increase in the number of individuals who receive health care through a managed care program. By the end of 1995, nearly three-quarters of the insured population in the United States received their medical care from some type of managed care organization. Almost one million North Carolinians were enrolled in full-service HMOs by the end of 1996.
This research was funded in part by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Reforming States Initiative.