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Closing the Coverage Gap: Why low-income, uninsured working adults in North Carolina need access to insurance coverage as part of North Carolina’s Medicaid reform plan.

Closing the Coverage Gap: Why low-income, uninsured working adults in North Carolina need access to insurance coverage as part of North Carolina’s Medicaid reform plan.

North Carolina’s Medicaid reform plan lacks the most important change needed to improve health care for North Carolinians and strengthen the provider community — Medicaid expansion! Medicaid coverage should be extended to all adults ages 18-64 with incomes at or below 138% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). In North Carolina, expanded Medicaid would cover more than 400,000 people; at least 244,000 of those in the Coverage Gap are uninsured as a result.

 

In 2014, 43% of all community health center patients in North Carolina were uninsured and more than 70% of patients lived at or below 100% FPL. Community health center staff see firsthand the significant health challenges and barriers to needed services that these uninsured and low-income patients face. In North Carolina, nearly 40,000 women are not receiving recommended preventive screenings, 27,044 diabetics cannot get much needed medications, and 45,500 individuals with depression are not getting the treatment they need. In fact, providers often have to modify treatment plans for uninsured patients because of their inability to afford a specialist visit or pay for needed medications.

With Medicaid expansion, community health centers in North Carolina could better coordinate the full spectrum of care their patients need. Medicaid expansion would also bring new income to the community health centers that would enable them to expand sites and services, hire new staff, and integrate and improve the care they provide.

Don’t let North Carolina’s Medicaid program continue to leave out the most important change for our state’s health. We need North Carolina to expand Medicaid!

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Althea Johnson appointed Chief Executive Officer of MedNorth Health Center

Althea Johnson appointed Chief Executive Officer of  MedNorth Health Center

The Board of Directors of MedNorth Health Center is pleased to announce the promotion of Ms. Althea Johnson to the position of Chief Executive Officer of MedNorth Health Center.

Ms. Johnson, a Wilmington native, brings a wealth of experience and service in the health care industry to MedNorth. Prior to her joining MedNorth’s administrative staff as Deputy Director in 2007, and serving as Chief Operating Officer since 2013, Ms. Johnson also served as COO of Plainfield Neighborhood Health Services Corporation in Plainfield, NJ.

As Wilmington’s only federally qualified health center, we’re excited to have Ms. Johnson at the helm of MedNorth Health Center as we expand our health care services in this region.

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MedNorth Health Center announces re-opening of Prenatal Care Program.

MedNorth Health Center announces re-opening of Prenatal Care Program.

MedNorth Health Center is pleased to announce the re-opening of our Prenatal Care Program.  MedNorth provides language assistance from our bilingual staff, on-site lab, and day and evening hours.  Please call 910-343-0270 to make an appointment.  MedNorth accepts Medicaid and most commercial insurances.  MedNorth also provides a sliding fee discount program for patients with no insurance.

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