NC Medicaid at 50

This year marks the 50th anniversary of North Carolina’s Medicaid program, which provides health coverage for low-income adults, children, pregnant women, seniors and people with disabilities throughout the state. The NC Department of Health and Human Services will celebrate the milestone throughout the year.

Launched in 1970, Medicaid provides health coverage to people who otherwise would likely be unable to afford it. It is funded by both the federal government and the state. Today, Medicaid and NC Health Choice support the health and well-being of 2.2 million North Carolinians and covers more than 65,000 births in the state. In 2019, close to a third of North Carolina Medicaid funding covered care for children, nearly half for people with disabilities and about 14% for people 65 and older. Read the full press release, NC Medicaid Celebrates 50 Years of Improving Health for North Carolina.

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  • NC Medicaid covers more than one in every five North Carolinians

  • NC Medicaid covers four in five children living in or near poverty; half of infants, toddlers and preschoolers; half of children with disabilities; all children in foster care

  • Seven in 10 Americans have either been on Medicaid or a member of their family has been on Medicaid

  • NC Medicaid covers approximately 54% of all births in the state

Health Improvements

  • NC Medicaid is associated with a 40% reduction in infant mortality in its first ten years (1970-1980)

  • The Mouths of Babes program has resulted in an 18% decrease in  decayed, missing and filled teeth

  • The Community Care of NC program saves $3 for every $1 invested in the program

  • Medicaid reduces medical debt, improves credit scores and enables more people to pay their medical bills