North Carolina ACA signups
January 20, 2014 Leave a comment
Rose Hoban has a nice piece analyzing the rate of North Carolinians signing up for private health insurance via the Federal ACA exchange. Around 1% of the North Carolina population had signed up for a plan through the end of December, or around 6.5% of the uninsured. N.C. had one of the highest uptake rates overall, and certainly among those states not running their own exchange. Why? Hoban notes several themes
- State groups such as Legal Aid and the Community Health Centers have been very active
- The Governor’s Dept of HHS did not bar navigators from access to county health departments, as was done in some states
I would add that the decision to not expand Medicaid is not one that is broadly viewed as a good idea by the health care/medical community in the State, and so the decision is more of an aberration from the political culture of the State. The Governor has announced a press conference for tomorrow morning to announce priorities for 2014; it will be interesting to see what/if he says about Medicaid and health reform.