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Study: NC ranked last in the nation for minority health

Posted May 1, 2014

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— A new nationwide study has found that North Carolina’s overall health care is ranked 36th out of 51 states and the District of Columbia, but when it comes to minority health, North Carolina is last in the nation.

The Commonwealth Fund, an independent non-partisan group, found that North Carolina has the nation's highest proportion of minority residents who don't have a regular health care provider. The state is second worst for the proportion of minority residents with no health insurance and third worst for at-risk minority adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past two years.

North Carolina has some of the nation's highest costs for employer health insurance, with premiums that are 13 percent higher than the national average, the report found. While the state ranked low in some areas, it improved in most areas since 2009.

The study looked at 42 indicators in all states through 2012. It does not take into account recent changes made through the Affordable Care Act.


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  • 68_dodge_polara May 2, 2014

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    And eventually the states will be burdened with all of the cost otherwise the feds would have provided the free benefits through ACA. You got that kind of money?

  • unc70 May 2, 2014

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    If you really believe that is what is happening in NC, you are really deluding yourself. By almost every measure, NC is near the bottom on health these days. Lots of things contribute, not just for minorities but for those who are in rural areas, lack transportation, uninsured, working poor, etc. Cutting programs and funding make things worse for everyone. Rejecting the Medicaid expansion was pigheaded and stupid. That 10% part of the funding after three years would be more than funded by increased state and local tax collections on the flow through of the Federal funding.

  • Confucius say May 2, 2014

    No it doesn't, it ranks last in the number of minorities that have a regular doctor or that have seen a doctor in the past 2 years. This says nothing about the minorities' state of health. Could be that they're health enough not to need medical care at the rate of other states.

  • Obamacare returns again May 2, 2014

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    Ah, the backwards red states are doing so well much like they do in terms of poverty. They sure love their Republican party though.

  • UpChuck May 2, 2014

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    No, not really....

  • Maurice Pentico Jr. May 2, 2014
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    Last in the nation.... yet still better than 90%+ of the entire world. Perspective. Even our nations poorest enjoy a life far better than even the "middle class" of other nations.

  • 68_dodge_polara May 2, 2014

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  • Garry Spears May 2, 2014
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    Another fine job McCrory!

  • WolfPackAlum May 2, 2014

    >>"After 100 years of North Carolina being ruled by the Democratic party no kidding."

    The bottom 10 States ranked by total healthcare system performance, in order:

    Indiana, Texas, Georgia, Alabama, Nevada, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi

    The top 10 states ranked by total healthcare system performance:

    Minnesota, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Hawaii, Connecticut, Maine, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Delaware

    Notice a trend?

    (Source: http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Charts/Report/2014-State-Scorecard/State-Scorecard-Summary-of-Health-System-Performance-Across-Dimensions.aspx)

  • 68_dodge_polara May 2, 2014

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    After 100 years of North Carolina being ruled by the Democratic party no kidding.