Medicaid spending far from 'out of control' in North Carolina
Medicaid has been a contentious topic during this session of the General Assembly, with several budget provisions impacting it and a renewed push by advocacy groups for Medicaid Expansion. In a recent Op-Ed, two family physicians take some popular Medicaid myths to task.
Much of the Medicaid reform rhetoric would have you believe that costs are out of control. That simply is not true. Through recent improvements in forecasting, the work of our state’s award-winning care management infrastructure, good decisions by our legislature and the hard work of frontline physicians across the state, Medicaid costs per patient have decreased roughly 9 percent in the past four years, with administrative costs ranking among the lowest in the country.
Recent data analysis shows that while Medicaid enrollment has increased significantly, the state’s portion of program costs has actually remained flat. Yet, over the same five-year period, the number of North Carolinians covered by Medicaid has increased from under 1.5 million to 1.8 million people.
From The News & Observer