The absence of a state policy on Medicaid reform is posing some clear challenges to Pitt County public health officials as the Oct. 1 start of public enrollment in health insurance expansion nears.
At Tuesday’s meeting of the county Board of Health, Public Health Director Dr. John Morrow told the board members that there still is not a lot of clarity about the state’s intentions for Medicaid reform. The N.C. General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory earlier this year rejected federal Medicaid expansion and chose not to participate in the insurance exchange process (more information about the insurance Marketplace and the Affordable Care Act is available at www.healthcare.gov, the U.S. government’s official marketplace site).
The legislature’s decision leaves more than a half-million state residents without health insurance coverage, leaving public health officials faced with significant health care challenges and costs.
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