North Carolina is the 33rd healthiest state according to the United Health Foundation's 2012 comparison of health status across the 50 states.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for North Carolina, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
North Carolina Health Insurance Risk Pool (NCHIRP)
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, North Carolina started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about North Carolina's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
SmartNC — Consumer services from the North Carolina Department of Insurance.
North Carolina Health Choice (NCHC) for Children — For families who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid but too little to afford rising health insurance premiums so they are able to get free or reduced price comprehensive health care for their children.
North Carolina Medicaid — Serves about 20 percent of the state’s population, whose low income prevents them from purchasing health insurance in the private market.
Health care reform information for North Carolinians — A service of Health Sciences Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Health Care for all North Carolina — Working toward a publicly-financed, sustainable quality Health Care system that is open to all people in NC.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in North Carolina.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for North Carolina -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in North Carolina.
Why health care reform is important to North Carolina -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in North Carolina.
The Benefits of Health Reform In North Carolina -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of North Carolina.
North Carolina Hospital Association — The trade group for health care providers in North Carolina.
North Carolina Health News — An independent, not-for-profit, statewide news organization dedicated to covering health care in North Carolina
Healthy Carolinians — A statewide network of local partnerships that address health and safety issues at the community level.
North Carolina mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for North Carolina -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
Find out what your state's health insurance exchange will look like.
Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $158 per family in 2012.
11/16/2012 6:11 PM
fayobserver.com — Outgoing Gov. Beth Perdue, a Democrat, consulted Gov.-elect Pat McCrory, a Republican, before announcing the state’s intention to partnership with the federal government for an exchange in the state.
07/13/2012 10:07 PM
WNCT –North Carolina’s part-time state lawmakers receive full-time healthcare benefits and taxpayers foot the bill — $4,931 for each state representative or senator. Out of 170 members of the General Assembly, 150 members accept the individual health care benefit adding up to $739,650 per year.
06/28/2012 4:06 PM
News Observer — The North Carolina Senate did not authorize an exchange before adjourning for the year. While the Senate could reconvene in a special session, it appears the federal Department of Health and Human Services will operate the state’s exchange when it goes live Jan. 1, 2014.
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