NC DHHS Medicaid Proposal Falls Short: Leaves Patients Uninsured, Providers Uncompensated

“More than 1.5 million North Carolinians do not have health insurance coverage,” said Laura Mortimer, spokesperson for Duke-UNC Student Medicaid Reform Team. “The state’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Medicaid reform recommendations do nothing to change that.”

On behalf of her health policy team, Mortimer noted that one of DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos’s key reform goals is “to meet the basic health needs of North Carolina’s citizens.” Yet the DHHS plan neglects the state’s neediest citizens by failing to provide them with health care coverage. A strong plan for North Carolina must expand health care coverage, improve the efficiency of the Medicaid program, and set it on a fiscally sustainable path.

The Duke-UNC student team has crafted a plan that provides health coverage to more of the state’s residents, is fiscally sustainable, and builds on our state’s current health care strengths. Read the entire proposal here.

This plan expands and reforms our state’s Medicaid program to provide health coverage for nearly half a million North Carolinians at a cost the state can afford. Unlike the Affordable Care Act or the DHHS reform presented in Raleigh, this plan uses North Carolina’s private health insurance market to expand coverage. The plan provides our state’s private insurers with more business, which in turn delivers more insured patients to health care providers and requires doctors to render less uncompensated care. In contrast, the proposed DHHS reforms do nothing to decrease uncompensated care in North Carolina, leaving providers to foot the bill at the same time that they’re losing significant federal funding.

According to Mortimer, “we commend the North Carolina Medicaid Reform Advisory Group for conducting public meetings and collecting feedback from health care stakeholders. However, the recommendations proposed by DHHS miss the mark on bringing meaningful reform to our state’s Medicaid program.” North Carolina should take advantage of this unique opportunity to expand Medicaid through a plan that works for our state.

Read our full plan here.

Contact: Laura Mortimer, Duke-UNC Student Medicaid Reform Team Spokesperson

(919) 578-7471


The contents of this press release reflect the views of Duke and UNC students who authored a policy paper for PUBPOL.890.03.F13 NC Medicaid System and the Affordable Care, and do not represent the views of the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, Gillings School of Global Public Health, or the University of North Carolina. It has not been subject to any official review by the faculty or administration of the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, Gillings School of Global Public Health, or the University of North Carolina.

Natalie Trebes,
Apr 6, 2014, 7:03 PM