New Opportunities to Expand Health Insurance Access to Low Income North Carolinians

News | April 11, 2017


Adam Zolotor, MD, DrPH

President and Chief Executive Officer

North Carolina Institute of Medicine

Office 919-445-6150



RALEIGH, NC (April 11, 2017)

The North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) today published an issue brief on several new options to expand insurance options to low income adults. These options include the Alternative Benefit Plan State Plan Amendments (Medicaid Expansion) submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services by Governor Cooper, Senate Bill 290 (Medicaid Expansion) and House Bill 662 (creates new mechanism, known as Carolina Cares, financed mostly with federal Medicaid expansion resources). The issue brief provides a comparison and analysis of these three important proposals.


Any of the three proposed plans would benefit the health and well-being of the approximately 375,000-550,000 North Carolinians who may be eligible for health care coverage under these expanded access options.

The three plans are very similar and present an opportunity for partnering across party lines, chambers, and branches of government to increase North Carolinians’ access to health insurance. Read More

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About the North Carolina Institute of Medicine:

The North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) is an independent, quasi-state agency that was chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1983 to provide balanced, nonpartisan information on issues of relevance to the health of North Carolina’s population. The NCIOM convenes task forces of knowledgeable and interested individuals to study complex health issues facing the state in order to develop workable solutions to address these issues to improve health, health care access, and quality of health care in North Carolina. Visit for more information and the full report of the Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use.