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NC Medicaid Saves Taxpayers Money and Improves Care (again)

SafariScreenSnapz001Here’s yet another study on NC Medicaid’s Community Care program, this time in the journal Population Health Management.  It confirms what multiple other rigorous, independent reviews have found – NC’s Medicaid Community Care homegrown managed care program not only saves the state substantial amounts of money by coordinating and managing the care delivered to people on Medicaid but improves that care too.

The particular significance of this study is that it dealt with Community Care’s effect not only on the relatively healthy population of moms and kids, but on the much more difficult to care for and higher-risk group of people who are on Medicaid, under 65 and have a significant disability. In summary, researchers found:

By providing targeted care management interventions, aligned with person-centered medical homes, the Community Care of North Carolina program achieved significant savings for a high-risk population in the North Carolina Medicaid program.

[T]he results from the present study are consistent with prior actuarial studies and more recent research—thus, there is a preponderance of evidence that the targeted system-wide efforts of CCNC are having a positive impact on Medicaid recipients.

I am really proud of our Medicaid program here in NC. Because of the hard work of administrators in state government and the Community Care nonprofit combined with amazing commitment and goodwill from doctors, hospitals and other health providers all over the state, we clearly have one of the best health care programs for our most vulnerable people in the country. Let’s give out some bipartisan credit too. Strong supporters from NC State Representative Nelson Dollar (R), who I disagree with very much on Medicaid expansion, to NC State Senator Martin Nesbitt (D) make clear through their public statements they recognize the real-world benefits of our current Medicaid managed care program and see no need to invite out-of-state private companies into NC.

10 Comments

  1. GOP Rules

    October 28, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Funny, here is another study that completely contradicts the (most definitely) liberal view study you link to. Likely the true answer is in between.

    http://www.carolinajournal.com/exclusives/display_exclusive.html?id=10577

    I encourage the average poster to actaully read it before the trademarked “oh it is Civitas blah blah…..” remarks. I will also do the honor of reading the above counter view and comment if there are any valid points made. Cross you fingers, I may be back in a bit if there is anything.

  2. ML

    October 28, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Just bc the cost of Medicaid has risen it doesn’t mean the current system is not working or saving money. The cost of Medicaid has risen everywhere as more people are turning to it as a last resort in the current economy.

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    October 28, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Hey GOP, here is another one for you. More on the national level…..but it is from a left leaning source admitting the scam that is Medicaid. Funny how it follows the mantra of government

    1. You get an inferior product
    2. It costs waaaaay too much
    3. You get less of the product.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/10/24/the-great-medicaid-swindle.html

  4. Alan

    October 28, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    GOP/LSD, you fool no one. When capitalism fails to rise all boats the government must find a way to care for the poor. Obamacare is a compromise between single-payer system that provides health care for all like the rest of the developed world and a free market system that has failed to provide healthcare for those less fortunate. Furthermore it was created by the heritage foundation and first implemented at the state level by Romney.

    I agree the ACA is riddled with problems but that’s bc of the sacrifices that had to be made to appease the right wingers since they refuse to join the rest if the progressive world.

  5. ML

    October 28, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    GOP/LSD, you fool no one. When capitalism fails to rise all boats the government must find a way to care for the poor. Obamacare is a compromise between single-payer system that provides health care for all like the rest of the developed world and a free market system that has failed to provide healthcare for those less fortunate. Furthermore it was created by the heritage foundation and first implemented at the state level by Romney.

    I agree the ACA is riddled with problems but that’s bc of the sacrifices that had to be made to appease the right wingers since they refuse to join the rest if the progressive world.

  6. ML

    October 28, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    The first Alan post was me, ML… I must be a wizard!

  7. NitWitCharmer

    October 29, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Alan said:

    I agree the ACA is riddled with problems but that’s bc of the sacrifices that had to be made to appease the right wingers since they refuse to join the rest if the progressive world.

    I suppose it should be noted that no Republicans voted for the ACA and nothing was granted to Republicans to get all zero of those votes.

    The ACA is the plan Democrats wanted, it is the plan Democrats wrote, it is the plan Democrats supported, it is the plan most Democrats voted in favor of.

    And in the ACA is an example of a scheme that is concocted when one side totally ignores the other and is an example of the sort of scheme that is produced when bipartisanship is flipped the bird.

  8. Alan

    October 29, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Like I stated before, the US would be best to round up it’s domestic fascists much like Greece has done.

  9. GOP Rules

    October 30, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    I see Alan and ML are the same person. Way to gin up the web hits Policy Watch!

  10. NitWitCharmer

    October 31, 2013 at 1:28 am

    Alan said:

    Like I stated before, the US would be best to round up it’s domestic fascists much like Greece has done.

    I don’t suppose they would be hard to find.

    Being that fascism is found at the nexus between government and industry fascists would all those people who chose to give support to forcing the government and the healthcare insurance industry to embrace as one via ObamaCare diktat.